Viewing Bats by Kayak
Every summer night, hundreds of people gather to see the world's largest
urban bat colony emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in
downtown Austin, Texas. These 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats are fun to watch, especially from a kayak on the Colorado River / Lady Bird Lake!
When engineers reconstructed the Congress Avenue
Bridge in 1980 they had no idea that new crevices beneath the bridge
would make an ideal bat roost. By 1984, hundreds of thousands of Mexican
free-tailed bats had moved into the bridge... and have been fruitful and multiplied ever since!