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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!

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