Austin has an awful lot going for it in the culture department, but one of its pinnacle tourist attractions isn't a music venue, art gallery, or five-star restaurant. On summer evenings, some 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats depart their communal roost underneath the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge en masse for their night shift of aerial bug-munching.
This biggest urban bat colony in North America taking flight makes a primal spectacle that few other cities in the world can claim, and a ritual beloved by locals and tourists alike. That these winged night hunters are doing their part to manage Austin's insects--including, of course, skeeters--makes the evening takeoff all the more soul-stirring to watch.
It's a good day in Austin--heck, it's a good day anywhere--when it includes a sit-down with a... Read more