Get bat smart for Bat Loco Bash
Who doesn’t want to hang out with about 50,000 of the fastest flying mammals on the planet, especially when there’s so much to learn and love about these misunderstood creatures of the night?
Bat Loco Bash unfolds at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It’s the sixth annual celebration of all things bats, as thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats will once again swirl out from under Interstate 35 near the Camden Street Bridge in a spectacle for all ages to enjoy.
The free event also promises educational activities and live music, including a bat-themed parade, a replica 1966 Batmobile for photos, and costumed characters of the both the bat and the Batman persuasion. Bat Loco Bash is hosted by the San Antonio River Authority, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Bat Conservation International and the San Antonio River Foundation.
And take it from an expert who hangs with bats all the time. There’s more to bats than just scary stereotypes and misconceptions.
“People are really curious about bats mainly because they don’t know a lot about them, and they kind of get a bad rap on TV,” said Bat Conservation International’s Fran Hutchins, director of Bracken Cave Preserve north of San Antonio. “And especially kids are naturally curious, so they’re naturally fascinated by bats. So it’s a great family-friendly event.”
Bat Loco Bash is also a great opportunity to show off your own bat smarts.
Click through the slideshow for some fun bat facts to help you make the most of the batravaganza.
Sources: Bat Conservation International, San Antonio River Authority, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and Fran Hutchins with Bracken Cave Preserve.
René A. Guzman is a features writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @reneguz