According to a recent New York Times article, a summer evening in Texas just “isn’t complete without a bat show.”
That groundbreaking news is the focus of a brief piece about nightly bat shows throughout Central Texas, complemented by some information on the Mexican free-tailed bats themselves.
The piece opens up by describing a scene in which more than 15 million bats emerge from San Antonio’s Bracken Cave, the world’s largest bat colony. Cue a line about how everything’s bigger in Texas and the author explains why the bats’ Lone Star State homes are ideal.
According to the article, the dome ceilings of our caves — or bridge — trap heat, which creates a nesting ground for female bats to raise their young before migrating in the fall. Apparently, the millions of bats that take off all at once are all females and babies. “The males are around, but they’re scattered about in smaller caves or parking garages.”
The Times advises that the best time to see Texas bats come out to play is when it’s hot and dry and hungry because that’s when they come out early. Though Austin bats were snubbed and not chosen to be the central focus of this piece, the city did get a solid shout out.
“For a more urban experience,” the articles reads, “you can have a picnic or cocktail and watch 1.5 million bats drop down from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin and take off across the river like a school of fish.”
To read up some more about our nocturnal friends, read the full article here.