One (of many) cool things about Austin is it is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America.
750,000 – 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats hang out under Austin’s Congress Avenue bridge. There are bat watching parties, even BatFest, a 2 day knock-down drag out festival with 30 bands on two stages. (Sigh, I miss that town).
Well, in the “you learn something new about Phoenix every day category”, I just found out that Phoenix has its own collection of migrating Mexican free-tailed bats. Not the size of Austin’s colony of course (after all, everything is bigger in Texas), but “thousands” of bats can be observed as the little critters exit their colony near the Biltmore area of Phoenix.
The Arizona Game & Fish department is holding a free bat workshop on Friday June 20th. You can observe the bats and learn more about these fascinating creatures. More information can be found here.
I’m thinking it’s time to don a University of Texas t-shirt and a six pack of Shiner Bock and pretend I’m back home…