AUSTIN ANSWERED: WHERE BATS GO AT NIGHT
Generally, they head out along the river and often east to farmland.
Austin is a place that puts stock in a great many cultural symbols — breakfast tacos, Willie Nelson, Franklin Barbecue, the Capitol, Matthew McConaughey, burnt orange uniforms — yet any tour of the city’s crowded iconography would be incomplete without the bats.
You probably know the ones. They live under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. About 1.5 million of them.
Mark Hollis works near the bridge, crosses it nearly every workday and is askedfrequently about the bats by both tourists and out-of-town visitors to his office. He got to wondering where exactly the bats go after they begin their en mass flight from the bridge at sunset.
The short answer is they generally hunt up and down the Colorado River, but no one is sure
A crowd watches as Mexican free-tailed bats exit the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge on Friday. Some 1.5 million bats head out each evening to hunt for food.