A quarter million (250,000) Mexican Free-tail bats live throughout the Waugh Drive bridge crevices and they emerge starting at dusk for many hours from beneath the bridge.
This bridge spans Buffalo Bayou between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive less than a mile from downtown Houston, Texas zip 77019.
Look for the tall building with the American Flag on the top. The American General tower is directly across Allen Parkway from the bat viewing platform.
NOTE: BY 9/30/13 THIS WEBSITE WILL CHANGE TO WAUGHBATMONITOR.ORG
The bridge serves as a natural habitat for a quarter million Mexican Free-tail bats including from 1200 to 2000 bat pups during June & July.
Visitors peer down at the bats emerging from the bridge in daylight. Note the brake lights as drivers pause to see what is going on!.
Special thanks to The Houston Endowment, The Hershey Foundation, Bat Conservation International & Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for the signage installed at Houston's Waugh Bat Colony.
VISIT ANY TIME - NO CHARGE - BEST TIME IS FROM SUNSET UNTIL DARK
Friday, Sept 20, one visitor from California braved the rain and lightning to watch the bats emerge at 7:10pm.
She flew to Houston to attend a conference and couldn't find the bridge thursday evening, so she consulted our website and got there at 7:!0 pm Friday.
In the photograph - Diana Foss with Texas Parks & Wildlife, gives a presentation about bats to those gathered on the bat viewing platform.
Please meet on the East side of the Waugh Drive bridge along Allen Parkway by the bat viewing platform to see and hear about bats.
Best and earliest bat emergences occur on the evenings following a previous rainy evening. Remember, bats don't fly in rain. Rain keeps bats from using their echo-location.
From the platform, there are good views of the bats dropping from the bridge crevices to begin their nightly excursions.
After the presentation, we can move up on to the bridge where we can look down on the bats emerging and flying out along the bayou.
PRESENTATIONS - 20 MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET - Information about the Waugh bats will be given by Texas Parks & Wildlife staff & TPWD volunteers (Houston Bat Project team members).
COME MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS - SEE AND HEAR ABOUT THE BATS on the 1st, 3rd & 4th Friday nights.
Friday, Sept 27 - bat chat at 6:53 pm
Friday, Oct 4 - bat chat at 6:44 pm
Friday, Oct 18 - bat chat at 6:29 pm
Friday, Oct 25 - bat chat at 6:22 pm
Friday, Nov 1 - bat chat at 6:15 pm
Friday, Nov 15 - bat chat at 5:06 pm
Friday, Nov 22 - bat chat at 5:03 pm
Friday, Dec 6 - bat chat at 5:02 pm
Friday, Dec 20 - bat chat at 5:05 pm
Friday, Dec 27 - bat chat at 5:10 pm
Diana Foss, TPWD
Urban Wildlife Biologist, Houston
Wildlife Diversity Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
14320 Garrett Rd, Houston, TX 77044
Phone: 281-456-7029 ext 21
Local area doppler weather
Just though you might want to know, we've been picking up the Waugh Drive bats very clearly on our weather radar.
I linked to your webpage in a post on my Houston
Tim Heller, Chief Meteorologist
KTRK ABC 13
Houston, Texas 77005
P.S. Check out the Houston WeatherBlog: www.weatherblog.abc13.com
Latest photo of the bats snuggled into the
bridge crevices under the Waugh street bridge.
No, it is not a bus stop, although I saw a greyhound recently inspecting the area.
The City of Houston, with a grant from Lyondell Chemical, built this platform so visitors could have a level place to stand apart from the bikers and joggers using the trail by the bridge.
From the platform you can view the bats dropping from crevices under the bridge to begin their nightly exodus.
Signage, thanks to donations from the Hershey Foundation, Houston Endowment, Bat Conservation International, Texas Parks & Wildlife.
It was a great emergence....until the Red-tailed hawk flew through the stream of bats picking and choosing for an evening snack!!
The bats gushed from the bridge at 8:17 pm, two minutes before sunset. They streamed East; then after the Red-tailed hawk flew through, the bat stream lifted and turned north and flew above the towers.
Visitors got a chance to view a Mexican Free-tailed bat up close in a exhibit display furnished by Texas Parks & Wildlife.
Language of Bats
WEATHER DATA at WAUGH STREET BRIDGE
Initial flight of Mexican Free-tails emerge into the darkening skies from the Waugh Street bridge. A cloud formation still has enough whiteness to allow us to see the brown bats fly by as they stretch their wings and search for that evening snack.