Moving to Austin? You should know about the Congress Bridge Bats. Prior topics from this series on things to know if you’re a new resident to Central Texas can be read here.
Congress Bridge Bats
If you find yourself downtown on a summer evening, you’ll probably notice herds of people flocking to the Congress Street Bridge. They are heading to grab a spot atop the bridge to witness the largest urban bat colony in North America emerge for their nightly feeding. From mid-March through September, 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats, take to the skies each night at dusk to collectively eat more than 10,000 pounds of insects! Austinites loves these bats so much, they’re celebrated at Bat Fest, held every summer. The weather effects what time the bats come out each night, if it has been rainy the bats don’t have to travel as far to find their dinner so they may not start to fly until after dark. Don’t miss out, check here for up-to-date flight times.