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Millions of Bats Come out on the Hunt for Food in Austin

Picture of Lily Niu
Updated: 27 April 2017
Culture Trip’s video team heads over to Austin to meet its creatures of the night—specifically a colony of 1.5 million bats that can be found beneath Congress Avenue Bridge, spanning Lady Bird Lake.


Present each night from March to November, these Mexican free-tailed bats are most spectacular to watch in the month of August, when numerous columns of them emerge to forage for food on hot, dry summer nights. As one of Texas’ most unusual tourist attractions, these furry critters make up the biggest urban bat colony in North America.