If you stand along the sidewalk near the bayou tree line, the bats often fly directly overhead.
Greater Houston is home to 11 bat species, all insect-eaters.
Those species are: Mexican free-tailed bat, big brown bat, evening bat, Eastern red bat, Northern yellow bat, tri-colored bat (previously known as Eastern pipistrelle), hoary bat, Seminole bat, Southeastern myotis, silver-haired bat, and Rafinesques big-eared bat (state threatened species). They have average vision, excellent hearing, and the added ability to use echolocation like an extra sense. They find their insect prey using “echolocation,” which is the use of ultra-high frequency sounds for navigation.
Bats & dolphins are mammals known to use sound to see! The sound bounces off an object, such as a moth, and then echoes back to the bat’s ears.
The bat continues to send out the sound pulses until it catches the insect.
Best Viewing Locations The Waugh Drive bats prefer to emerge from the eastern side of the bridge.
The Waugh Bat Team volunteers recommend the following spots for optional bat viewing.Click on photos below for full-sized versions 1) The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony Observation Deck, corner of Waugh Drive & Allen Parkway, directly across from the American General building.Start here to watch the bats swirling beneath the bridge prior to their emergence.2) The gently sloping, grassy northeast bayou bank, corner of Memorial Drive & Waugh Drive in Buffalo Bayou Park.3) The Waugh Drive Bridge sidewalk, standing against the railing on the east side of the bridge, facing the Downtown Houston skyline.Please use caution & be ever mindful of the traffic, pedestrians, and bikers utilizing the bridge as well. Wortham Memorial Fountain along Allen Parkway, east of Waugh Drive.