How Many Bats Live Under the Congress Avenue Bridge?:
Why Did the Bats Choose the Congress Avenue Bridge?:
Congress Avenue Bat Flights:
Giving birth in June or July, the bats and pups hang around til October when they head back south. Watching the nightly forays for food is a favorite evening activity, especially in late summer.
When and Where To See the Congress Avenue Bats:
- Austin American-Statesman public viewing area on the Southeast end of Congress Avenue.
- Cruises on Lady Bird Lake are another way to see the bats. Lone Star Riverboat and Capital Cruises offer bat-watching cruises.
- Watch the bats from the Shoreline Bar & Grill patio, T.G.I. Fridays (in the Radisson Hotel), or the Four Seasons Hotel.
Viewing Tips & Suggestions for Austin's Congress Avenue Bats:
- Late summer is the best time to see the most spectacular flights.
- Arrive early to get the best view (and to insure you don't miss them if they emerge earlier than expected).
- If viewing from the grassy areas around Lady Bird Lake, bring a blanket.
- If planning to watch from a nearby restaurant, make a reservation if necessary or arrive early to insure good seating.
- Depending on how close you are, an umbrella is a good idea (no, not protection from rain - think about it).
- Drivers: Be careful when traveling in the area around the time of the bats emerging. Don't let the sight of the bats distract you from the roadway. Be aware that there may be a larger than usual number of pedestrians in the area.
- Pedestrians: Be careful when traveling in the area around the time of the bats emerging. Don't let the sight of the Congress Avenue bats distract you and cause you to walk into traffic and be cautious near roadways where drivers could become distracted themselves.
- Never touch a bat: Some bats can have rabies. No need to panic but use caution if you encounter a live or dead bat. If you find a bat in your home or on your property, contact Austin/Travis County Animal Control. Don't attempt to capture or dispose of the bat yourself.