Creating habitat for bats, our free pest control flying mammals!
Have you seen the bats at Watonga Bridge yet? Every year between March-October, hundreds of Mexican Free-tailed bats emerge at sunset from their home under the Watonga Parkway Bridge. Free-tailed bats roost during the day and emerge at dusk.
The most impressive columns can be seen in August and September, when the young bats begin to join their mothers leaving the roost. Be sure to visit Watonga Parkway Park at sunset to witness this bat colony this month!
The Watonga Prairie Project is one of several ongoing Houston Parks Board restoration projects. Prairie habitat is extremely important to local wildlife and supports rainfall infiltration which reduces flooding. This restoration project supports the bat population by supplying a reliable food source. Our volunteers and staff work diligently to establish native plants.
The new multi-chamber bat box is mounted in the restored prairie to provide additional shelter. The open space of a prairie is an ideal location to allow bats to drop in and out like a natural roost and reduces their vulnerability to predators at night.
Watonga Parkway Park is located at 4100 Watonga Blvd, Houston, TX 77092, and parking is available in a parking lot on Watonga Blvd, just north of W 43rd St. For METRO, take bus route 23 and get off at Watonga Blvd & 43rd St or TC Jester Blvd and 43rd St.