The Congress Avenue Bridge, spanning across Lady Bird Lake, is renowned for being home to one of the largest urban bat colonies in North America. Between March and November, around 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats make their home beneath the bridge. At sunset, spectators gather along the bridge and nearby areas to witness this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon as the bats emerge in search of food.

For an even more immersive experience, guided bat-watching tours are available, providing insights into the behavior and ecology of these fascinating creatures. The bats play a crucial role in the local ecosystem by consuming vast quantities of insects each night, making them a vital part of Austin’s ecological balance.

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