Austin bats favoring life under bridge still draw attention – California News

Austin bats favoring life under bridge still draw attention – California News

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.

The Austin American-Statesman reports 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 asked frequently 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 masse flight from the bridge at sunset.

The short answer is they generally hunt up and down the Colorado River, but no one is sure exactly where they all go, according to Danielle O’Neil, the public engagement intern for Bat Conservation International. But before getting into the particulars, a bit of general information might help.

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