BATTY FOR BATS: NOV. 22 AT LAKESIDE RIVER PARK

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A free event hosted by Lakeside's River Park Conservancy

September 26, 2014 (Lakeside)- Project Wildlife will introduce you to the fascinating and unique world of bats on November 22 from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m at Lakeside River Park.  You can also meet Animal Ambassador Daisy, a Mexican Free-Tailed Bat in this indoor classroom located on Lakeside's River Park Property.



Please RSVP by November 17th as there are only a few spaces remaining.

To register, follow this link: http://www.lakesideriverpark.org/events/bats.htmlKnown as the "jets" of the bat world, Mexican Free-Tailed Bats can live up to 18 years inhabiting the western United States, Mexico, Central America and into northern South America. Join us for a fun and captivating discussion of these lesser known mammals!

 


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Bats

I visited Bracken Cave in Texas and the Congress Avenue Bridge that is home to thousands of bats, a memorable experience. "Bracken Cave is the summer home to the largest colony of bats in the world. An estimated 20 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats roost in the cave from March to October making it the largest known concentration of mammals. The cave is located in southern Comal County, Texas, outside the city of San Antonio. The 100-foot-wide crescent shaped opening to the cave lies at the bottom of a sinkhole, formed when the roof of the cave collapsed." Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the world's largest urban bat colony, which is composed of Mexican free-tailed bats. The bats reside beneath the road deck in gaps between the concrete component structures. They are migratory, spending their summers in Austin and the winters in Mexico. According to Bat Conservation International,[3] between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats reside underneath the bridge each summer. Since Austin's human population is about 750,000, there are more bats than people in Austin during summer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracken_Cave https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_W._Richards_Congress_Avenue_Bridge