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Unread 10-20-2007, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Default Yes, we have bats:

I was amazed to learn recently that there are many people who didn't know about the bats downtown. It's the largest urban bat colony on earth.... I thought everyone knew about it. Anyway, here's a cool video to give you an idea incase you didn't know:
YouTube - Austin's Bats
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Unread 10-20-2007, 09:02 AM
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The problem this year is the weather.

We went twice to see the critters and only got a few flying out of the bridge.
Disappointing and not very dramatic.

Hopefully, Al Gore will turn his climate change machine and things will return to normal.
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Unread 10-21-2007, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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The problem this year is the weather.

We went twice to see the critters and only got a few flying out of the bridge.
Disappointing and not very dramatic.

Hopefully, Al Gore will turn his climate change machine and things will return to normal.
You too? We waited we our children on the bridge for hours and nothing... Well, a few here and there... We were expecting the "cloud-like" movement of the little creatures. I hope we can catch them another time. Oh, yes, but we did get to smell them the whole time we were there
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Unread 10-21-2007, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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They said there is also a colony under a bridge off of 35 in Round Rock that is almost as large. If you ever get the chance to go to the Bracken Bat Cave (about 2 hours from here and 1 how north of SA) its a pretty cool place to go see the bats. Warning, it is in field so no potties, no lights to speak of...hill country
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Unread 10-21-2007, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We saw a zillion of them...but they didn't come out until dark so they were much harder to see.
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Unread 10-22-2007, 09:43 PM
fil
 
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Twange,

Are they there now?

We went in July and September at the times that the newspaper said to go and we ended up sitting in the grass for an hour, eating ice cream, and saw only a few sporadic bats and it was fairly warm outside.

We'd like to see the spectacle. I figured it would be like a Batman bat scene, but did not get that.
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Unread 10-23-2007, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas/NV
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Just went on Saturday the 20th, and it was pretty uneventful. I guess not humid enough or something.
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Unread 10-23-2007, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I think they are starting to move off for the season.

Check out this link:
Welcome to Bat Conservation International (http://www.batcon.org/home/index.asp?idPage=122&idSubPage=66 - broken link)

And here's the bat hot line for the daily flight times:

Bat Hot Line: 512-416-5700 (Category 3636)
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Unread 10-23-2007, 02:34 PM
 
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Default Questions about bats in Austin

How widespread are bats through out the city? Do they get inside houses(especially downtown)? How unafraid of humans are they and how close do they get to people?
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Unread 10-23-2007, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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How widespread are bats through out the city? Do they get inside houses(especially downtown)? How unafraid of humans are they and how close do they get to people?
Don't worry about the bats. Worry about stupid drivers
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