A deadly fungus that’s wreaked havoc on bat populations across North America has been identified at Bracken Cave north of San Antonio.
Thousands of curious spectators gathered Tuesday evening on the Camden Street Bridge and along the Museum Reach to catch a glimpse of bats in flight.
Between 1,500 and 3,000 bat enthusiasts are expected to gather to watch the cloud of Mexican free-tail bats embark to feast on the city’s plentiful bugs and insects.
On Tuesday, Aug.
Hundreds of hopeful bat gazers perched themselves on and around the Camden Street bridge in downtown San Antonio on Tuesday night, but the bats were a no show.
More than 50,000 Mexican free-tailed bats have once again made a summer home for themselves under the Camden Street Bridge on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River and the community is invited to learn about the bats while watching their nighttime flight from underneath the bridge.
“Travel to places few people have ever visited,” is a phrase taken from the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) website describing the Rain to Drain Experience, one of many educational programs SAWS conducts.
Bracken Cave, home to the world’s largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats, is no longer threatened by the development of a 4,500-unit housing development over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone in the direct flight path of the mammals.
It’s 7 p.m. and the air is soft and still, the afternoon haze dissolving into the whisper of dusk.