A bridge too far? Not in Texas!

Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a high school student, bat advocate, and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big brown bats that used the outside of her former home for a winter roost. She now enjoys watching the bats fly over her home on summer evenings. Rachael has been writing the Baturday News for over three years.

A photograph of freetail bats emerging in early evening
A lovely shot of a freetail emergence in Texas. Photo by our good friend Ann Fro.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I had a very restful one full of sleeping late, watching TV, and reading. I love summer! I’ve also been lucky enough to see some bats flying around my neighborhood in the evening. It’s always fun to watch them. One day I would like to visit Texas and watch all the Free-Tailed bats they have down there! The largest urban colony in the world lives under the Congress Bridge in Austin, TX. It must be absolutely amazing to see all those bats!

I found an article about another bat colony in Texas. This one is in Houston. Apparently, Houston is home to a lot of Free-Tailed bats because the article also mentions a colony of 250,000 bats that live under the Waugh Drive Bridge. But the article is about the Watonga Boulevard Bridge, where 100,000 Mexican Free-tailed bats live. Bat watchers visiting the bridge can see the adorable bats emerge from under the bridge from a viewing platform, park benches, or just sitting on the grass.

I’m a little jealous of people in Texas. I think I would spend half my time visiting bridges if I lived there.

If you would like to read the article, which gives directions to the bridge, you can find it here.


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