Hounds and Bats and Bridges – Oh My!

The Houston Active Dogs Meetup Group was at it again… uh, having a meeting with our active dogs. Ok, it was more than that… it was an outing that many Houstonians might like to check out – even if they don’t have dogs. We went to view the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony! That’s right, Houston has its very own bat colony! No longer do you have to travel to Austin to witness the nightly ritual as each of our 250,000 bats takes flight in search of all those pesky bugs.

The area has been quietly under development thanks to the HPARD, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. If you get there just before dark, you can get a good spot, listen to the members of the volunteer Bat Team explain all about the colony, and then watch as they emerge. There are even boat tours available to view them from the water.

With all the mosquitoes and the ever-present West Nile virus running rampant around the city, its good to know our bat population is increasing. Kudos to the little winged mammals for the 2 1/2 TONS of insects they eat each night!

3 Comments so far

  1. Kendra (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 10:42 am

    Wasn’t this reported by Shawn in May? I think bats are cool and everything but I don’t I would
    take a dog to see it. They might get attacked!

    Bats Build Barracks Under Bridge
    posted by shawn at 9:06 PM on May 30, 2006

    http://houston.metblogs.com/archives/2006/05/bats_build_barr.phtml


  2. Chris Doelle (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 10:57 am

    Sure, it probably was… but if we weren’t allowed to mention anything that had been brought up before there would be a lot fewer posts (including the two just before mine.)

    Oh yeah, and bats do NOT attack dogs – these bats eat insects. The ones you’re thinking of are the Hollywood bats.


  3. LessCowbell (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

    I went and saw this not long ago – it smells kinda bad. Just a warning! Worth seeing at least once, though I suppose.



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