Another visit that immediately made it to the top 10 experiences this year is the visit of the Austin Bat Refuge. The dedication of this couple, Lee and Diane, is simply incredible, and humbling! At this time of the year, they are overwhelmed with baby Eastern Red Bats, Lasiurus borealis, and yet, they are giving each and everyone of them the care and attention they need to be released in the wild.
Check out their Facebook page to follow their amazing work!
On the boardwalk along the Colorado River, not too far from the Congress Avenue Bridge, I recorded Lasiurus intermedius, the second and last species of my stay in Texas.
The Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge hosts the world’s largest urban bat colony! Merlin is responsible for saving them from extermination in the 1980’s and Austin continues to benefit from them today.
If you’d like to visit these bats be sure to check out AustinBats.org before planning your trip to get the inside scoop!
Two species in four days is pretty bad by my standards and yet, this trip was one of the best I’ve had so far. Getting to know people who are doing incredibly valuable work for bat conservation is worth sacrificing a few bats for my record!