Nightly 1.5 million bats live under the Congress Avenue bridge in Austin, Texas are Austin’s no. 1 tourist attraction. This is how it looks when over a million bats take flight.jpg
Austin is home to the largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in North America. Each night, from April to October, an estimated 1,500,000 bats emerge from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge at sundown on their nightly search for food. Some quick bat facts:
• The bats made the Congress Avenue Bridge home after it was renovated in 1980. 15 crevices underneath the bridge make the perfect roosts for bats.
• Each night the bats consume about 10,000 - 30,000 pounds of insects.
• The Mexican free-tailed bat is the official "flying mammal" of the State of Texas. I never knew there was such a thing to be official!
• Although the bats can be seen from April through October, the best time to see them is late August or early September, when the babies, or pups, come out with their mamas.