GET READY FOR AUSTIN’S BAT FEST AUGUST 24!
On one of my many sojourns to Austin, Texas, I was lucky enough to attend the annual Bat Fest, which in 2019 will be held Saturday, August 24, from 4 p.m. to midnight on the Congress Avenue Bridge downtown.
What is that, you ask?
Texas is famous for its bat colonies, and the state is home to 32 species. In fact, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife, Bracken Cave Preserve and the Congress Avenue Bridge are the largest known colonies in the world. It’s not uncommon for people to watch the bats emerge from their caves every evening, and events, like Austin’s annual Bat Fest, are much-anticipated occasions. Here’s a list of hotspots: https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/bats/bat-watching-sites/
Back in 1982 or so, I read one of those cheesy 1970s thrillers called The Anthrax Mutation, by Alan Scott. I don’t remember a whole lot about the plot or the characters, but I do remember one very disturbing scene with a few dead cows; I also remember I developed a fascination with bats. Naturally, when my sister, Missie, moved to Austin, Texas, seeing the bats take to the night skies was on my bucket list.
In 2014, we made it happen. Here’s some photos and video from the 2014 event, which featured live music, vendors, food, booze, and, of course, a prime spot for watching the bats! Get your tickets for this year’s party and learn more here: http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/
Here is a viewing guide for the bats at the Congress Avenue Bridge: https://www.tripsavvy.com/austins-bat-bridge-a-viewing-guide-254880
If you’re at all curious about The Anthrax Mutation? I know I have my dad’s original first edition paperback in the basement, but it’s still available out there used and pretty cheap. Check it out on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Anthrax-Mutation-Original-Project-Dracula/dp/B000R80FMI
Posted on August 11, 2019, in Events, News and tagged bat colonies in Texas, Bat Conservation International, Congress Avenue Bridge, Diamonds are Evil, Mexican free-tailed bats, The Anthrax Mutation, when is Austin Bat Fest this year, where can I go to watch the bats take flight in Texas. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
I love bats. They get after mosquitoes who love me too much!
Me too. We have a bat house, we just haven’t put it up yet.