What time do the bats come out in Austin today?

What time do the bats come out in Austin today?

What time do the bats come out in Austin today?

The best time to witness the bats is around sunset, but the nightly show can take place anywhere from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. It can take as long as 45 minutes for all of the bats to exit the bridge for the night.

Where is the best place to see the bats in Austin?

Congress Avenue bridge
The walkway on the east side of the Congress Avenue bridge offers the best vantage point for watching the bats emerge and fly eastward over Lady Bird Lake. The hillside below the bridge is a little more kid-friendly since you can spread out a blanket and even have a picnic while you wait.

Can you park at Austin American Statesman?

There is parking available up and down Congress Ave and as stated previously in the ‘Austin American Statesmen’ newspaper lot. It kind of depends on how far you want to walk.

Do the Austin bats fly every night?

This is considered “peak season,” since the entire population of 1.5 million flies out to hunt. The bats do continue to fly out every single night, but some nights they are very difficult to see. Every morning, the bats return to the bridge about 30 minutes before sunrise. They are out for around 7-8 hours.

Is parking on South Congress free?

Parking is free along South Congress Avenue. Free parking from 6pm – 12am along the street where possible and also metered parking, and located a block north of South Congress Bridge.

What time of night are bats most active?

Bats are largely nocturnal, meaning they are most active after sundown. Specifically, little brown bats emerge from their dark roosts two-to-three hours after dusk to feed. After feeding, they return to their roosts to sleep out the rest of the night and day hanging upside down.

Where to watch the bat show in Austin?

From late spring until early fall, get ready for the sunset show by heading towards the grassy hill vantage point of the Statesman Bat Observation Center, adjacent to the bridge. Paid parking is available at the Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., or you can go down the steps at the corner of Congress Avenue and Barton Springs Road.

Where to see bats on bridges in Texas?

Prior to neglect, a major bat column passed over this official viewing area. Additional directions for bat viewing at bridges are available from the Texas Department of Transportation. Copies can be obtained gratis at the Texas Travel Center at The State Capitol. This map was created by a user.

How many bats are in the Congress Ave Bridge?

Up to 100,000 bats are present year-round, and nice, single column emergences can be seen even in mid-winter following several consecutive days of exceptionally warm, dry weather.

What kind of bats live in Austin Texas?

Batty Facts. Austin’s resident bats are Mexican free-tailed bats, which migrate each spring from central Mexico to various roosts all over the southwestern U.S. On their nightly flights the bats eat anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 pounds of insects, including mosquitoes and harmful agricultural pests.