The Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin is home to bat – 1.5 million is the estimate. Each summer evening, these bats emerge and fly over the city devouring all sorts of insects and pests. This is considered the largest urban bat population known.
We have visited Carlsbad Caverns to see the bats and it was a fascinating and interesting experience. (Read about our visits in 2017 and 2013.) We live just a couple of hours (depending on Austin traffic) from this particular bridge and have yet to go see these bats emerge. It is definitely on my bucket list.
Are you wondering why there is such a large population of bats in a downtown urban area? They have found a perfect nesting place. When the bridge was redesigned in 1980, the redesign created nooks and crannies that were perfect for the bats. So, they have started returning to this area year after year and raising their young here.
The bats are Mexican free-tailed bats. It is estimated that there are 1.5 million of them living under this bridge in Austin. I hope to take the girls down there sometime in August or September, after the babies born this summer are old enough to fly themselves, creating an even larger exodus each evening.
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