Bat Appreciation Day

Bat Appreciation Day - flickr credit Lori Branham

You probably didn’t know it, but today is Bat Appreciation Day. However, we’re sure you did know that Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. Every year from March until October, up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats make their home under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. These bats put on a spectacular show each night as they emerge just before dark to feed. Hundreds of tourists and locals gather near the bridge to enjoy this amazing sight that helps make Austin such a unique city.

If you’re unsure why Bat Appreciation Day exists, here are a few reasons to be thankful for (and appreciate) these furry creatures.

A single bat can eat up to 600 mosquitos in an hour! This is especially helpful during the summer months.
Bat Appreciation Day - flickr credit tanakawho

Bats help pollinate sugar cane which makes our lives sweeter.
Bat Appreciation Day - flickr credit Will Ellis

A bat’s guano helps fertilize gardens.
Bat Appreciation Day - flickr credit Sodexo USA

A bat’s saliva contains a special compound that has been proven to help stroke patients.
Bat Appreciation Day - flickr credit Daniel Neal

Contrary to popular belief, bats are not rodents. They are actually more closely related to humans.
Bat Appreciation Day - flickr credit Derrick Tyson

In Austin, they give us another reason for a festival! Austin Bat Fest takes place on the Congress Avenue Bridge every August!
Bat Appreciation Day - flickr credit Stuart Seegar

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