Something amazing is going on beneath the Waugh Drive bridge in Houston, Texas. One of Houston’s most sought after secrets is that bat colony there. The Waugh Bridge Bat colony is composed of many Mexican free-tailed bat species that emerge each night to feed on insect insects around the Houston area. What makes this unique Houston secret is that the colony itself is so rare that scientists do not even know where the colony originated or how many of the bat species are there. Scientists will only estimate the number of bats living in the colony based upon the number of sightings that have occurred on a night-to-night basis, though they do know that there may be several thousand bats in the colony. They also know that the average time the colony leaves the site is one night each week. In addition, they know that the colony does not come back every night. Learn more here.
When scientists think about the Texas State Museum, they may associate it with bats, but the Waugh Bridge Bat colony actually came to the Houston museum through the efforts of the local bat enthusiasts. The Bat Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization in Houston, Texas, sponsors the colony. They were asked by the Texas State Museum, an internationally known institution, to help with conservation efforts in that state. As part of their program, they have agreed to send representatives to the Houston community, especially to areas that are close to the Waugh Bridge. They are also providing bat control equipment that will help to eliminate the colony in Houston. This program is helping to keep Houston bat populations in control and will allow for greater protection for many species that call the Houston area home. Learn more about Buffalo Bayous Partnership – A Houston, TX Landscape Master Plan.
To learn more about this fascinating Houston area colony, visit the bat conservation center website. There you can learn more about the colony, view photos, learn about bat conservation programs, and download bat control devices. In addition, you can find a list of bat control companies in the Houston area. If you live in or around the Houston area and would like to provide bat control assistance to the Texas State Museum bat colonies, contact your local bat control company today. They will be able to assist you with bat control equipment that will help to reduce the populations in your area while protecting and providing a healthy environment for the species.