Bats on the Bayou
|When:||August 28, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM|
|Contact:||Lisa Kasianowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Summary:||Join us for this FREE event at the Watonga Boulevard Bridge bat colony along White Oak Bayou Greenway to learn about bats from the experts, enjoy bat-themed activities and watch the bats emerge for their evening hunt!|
The Houston Parks Board (HPB), in partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), presents “Bats on the Bayou,” a free event to introduce families to the bat colony living under Watonga Boulevard Bridge and highlight this special feature along White Oak Bayou Greenway. Attendees will learn about bats from the experts and have the opportunity to watch the bats emerge for their evening hunt. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs, blankets and bug spray.
Free family activities include origami bats, decorating bat masks, bat call detector and bat bubble games, provided by the Houston Area Bat Team; fireless s'mores, provided by Nature and Eclectic Outdoors; and a live bat exhibit, provided by the Bat Conservation International. The White Oak Bayou Association will be present to help welcome the neighborhood!
Ecologist Cullen “Batgirl” Geiselman, Ph.D., an HPB board member; Jed Aplaca, HPARD Natural Resources Manager; and representatives from TPWD and the Houston Area “Bat Team” will share their knowledge about the Mexican free-tailed bat. The Watonga Parkway bat colony along White Oak Bayou Greenway is just one of the many special places being made more accessible through Bayou Greenways 2020, a project that will create a system of 150 miles of parks and hike and bike trails along Houston’s major waterways.
(Rain date: Friday, Sept. 18)
Watonga Park at the Watonga Blvd. Bridge along White Oak Bayou Greenway
4721 Watonga Blvd
In keeping with the spirit of the Bayou Greenways, attendees are encouraged to bicycle or walk to the event. Limited parking is available at the Oak Forest Masonic Lodge (4721 Watonga Blvd.) and at Watonga Park (4100 Watonga Blvd.)