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Old 01-31-2016, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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Has anyone gone to see this amazing spectacle? Hubby and I drove our son to Austin to visit friends and we stayed over one night in a hotel right off the Congress Ave. bridge where millions of bats roost and fly out to hunt for food at dusk. It was insane. One of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

Son is in Austin right now and I made him promise to go see it.

I have no fear of bats and am considering putting up a few bat houses around my property. My nephew was bitten on the neck by a bat and had to go through all the rabies rigamarole. I blame my brother for shooting off fireworks at the bat roost.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:41 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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The Austin bat spectacle was the subject of a PBS Nature program a few years ago.


Go get them bugs, bats. You rock!
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:44 PM
 
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Son just texted me "WOW, that was insane!"
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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The Austin bat spectacle was the subject of a PBS Nature program a few years ago.


Go get them bugs, bats. You rock!
I just watched this, thanks!

BTW, how the heck do they know there are 1.5 million bats?
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:21 PM
 
Location: the Permian Basin
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There are also large bat colonies at the Old No. 9 railroad tunnel near Waring, and at Bracken Cave near Garden ridge. The sight of the bats exiting the RR tunnel at dusk is amazing!

Old Tunnel State Park

Bracken Cave
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Texas
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We rented a party boat and watched them from the bridge.

Right on.
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:52 AM
 
Location: The South
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The bats at Carlsbad Caverns are worth seeing also.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:13 PM
 
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I just watched this, thanks!

BTW, how the heck do they know there are 1.5 million bats?
Biologists have developed pretty good methods of estimating populations based on samples. I am sure some bat expert has it all figured out.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:14 PM
 
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I love to watch the bats flying around my house at dusk. Their movements seem so erratic, and yet they are not. And they love to eat mosquitoes.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I love the bats!
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