Bats

Where the Wild Things Are at Pecan Springs Karst Preserve

September 22, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

“To the bat cave!” Rachael Lindsey says with a grin. We’re standing at the base of a giant cottonwood near a spring-fed stream in northern Williamson County, about an hour north of Austin.

After Spring’s Mating Season, It’s Babies Gone Wild at Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway

August 16, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

Plan Your Rocksprings Road Trip Now to See the Bats at Devil’s Sinkhole

July 24, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

A Guide to the State Symbols of Texas

November 9, 2022 | By John O. Lumpkin

White-Nose Syndrome Targets Texas’ Beloved Bats

March 6, 2020 | By Melissa Gaskill

A highlight of summer in Texas is the arrival of millions of Mexican free-tailed bats. The natural spectacle of their nightly emergence from roosting spots in caverns and under bridges draws crowds throughout the state.

Toast Austin’s Bats with A Special Cocktail

August 13, 2019 | By Melissa Gaskill

Head to the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking Lady Bird Lake or whip up your own “El Murciélago” at home

Rent a Kayak for a New Perspective on Austin’s Bat Flight

June 27, 2019 | By Kayt Sukel

Each evening between late February and late October, as the sun hits the horizon line, experts estimate that somewhere between 750,000 and 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats leave the nooks and crannies of this downtown bridge’s interior to go a-hunting. And each evening over that same eight-month span, hundreds of people line the bridge’s walkway, as well as any open spaces nearby, to take it all in. Most locals suggest claiming space hours before sunset in order to get a good view. But a few hours in the hot sun with nothing to do but wait? That seemed like a situation that would violate all three of our family getaway hopes fairly quickly.

At Frio Cave, See Bats, Birds, and Beetles—Oh My!

June 17, 2019 | By By Karen Hoffman Blizzard

Each summer, 10 to 12 million Mexican free-tailed bats roost in this cave, making it the second-largest single-mammal colony in the world. The bats spend their winters in Mexico, and each spring, they migrate to Texas to establish “maternity” colonies. The females stay from about March through October and give birth to their babies in mid-June.

Where to See the Most Historic Bat Roost in Texas

April 15, 2019 | By Asher Elbein

On summer nights in the Hill Country, rivers of Mexican free-tail bats stream out of caves and abandoned buildings, spiraling up to hunt in the skies. One colony of bats emerges from a strange, 30-foot-high structure that resembles a church steeple on stilts, with pyramidal shingles, and is visible from a public road in the Kendall County town of Comfort.

Texas’ Top Natural Wonders: Devil’s Sinkhole

August 7, 2017 | By

Devil’s Sinkhole
“Many years ago, I was a part-time park ranger for Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area.

Texas’ top bat viewing sites

July 18, 2017 | By Lindsey Austin

Observing bats emerge from their roosts is one of the most exciting encounters that nature has to offer.

Bat Fest

May 1, 2017 | By

At dusk nearly every night in summer, the hot muggy air encompassing downtown Austin suddenly fills with 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats—forming what resembles a torrential hurricane as they pour out from under the Ann W.

To the Bat Cave!

August 1, 2014 | By Michael Marks

I’m thinking to myself, “That cave doesn’t look big enough for all those bats.”

Bats at Risk

July 17, 2009 | By

Despite the increased awareness of bats’ importance, Dr. Merlin Tuttle says American bats are in jeopardy.

From Dusk Til Dawn

July 17, 2009 | By Nola McKey

Holy Bat-mania! The interest in bats has soared in recent years, unrelated to the antics of the latest Caped Crusader.

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