When I got to Austin last year, one of the first things I wanted to see was the bat bridge. I had heard about it, but I couldn’t imagine millions of bats flying out from under a bridge…or hundreds of people watching it every night.
I was not disappointed! The show the bats put on is amazing! Wave after wave of bats stream out, turning the sky above dark as they head out for their nightly feast of mosquitoes and other pesky insects. People cheered, people clapped. And cameras snapped, as people tried to capture the experience on a square of film.
But then winter came and the bats headed back to Mexico to avoid what passes for cold here in Austin.
The good news is they’re back! While the best “shows” are mid-summer, patient (or impatient) bat-viewers can head out most evenings now and catch an impressive show. Yes, once again, we can all head down to bridges and walkways downtown to watch the nightly show of Austin’s favorite flying mammals.
Not sure when the bats making their appearance? Call the Bat Hotline for nightly updates on the best time for bat-viewing. Their number is 512-327-9721. Or check out the Bat Con website for more information.