I also had the great good fortune to witness an emergence from Bracken Cave, summer home to perhaps 20 million-plus Mexican free-tailed bats. My group arrived perhaps two hours before sunset to see the emergence in full flight. We left when it was almost dark and the emergence was still in full flight. What an amazing experience of sight, sound, and feeling.
I had the great good fortune to witness, several times, the bat emergence at Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge. Over a million Mexican free-tailed bats roost under the bridge from late spring to early fall. late summer emergences can be very remarkable, as this one in August 2005 was.
It was, is, a pleasure to help play a very tiny part in helping people appreciate the crucial role bats play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.