The Bat Bridge

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Wednesday September 6, 2006.

Bats in the SkyApparently there is this little phenomenon in this town. Well, actually, it’s in Sparks, which I can overlook for something unique and cool. Here’s how it works. You drive out there (to Sparks). We went out Mill St. to McCarran (the eastern leg, you know, in Sparks). Where McCarran crosses the river you flip around and face south. There’s even parking along the road and a nice concrete barrier. You can stand above the bridge, or you can walk down to either side for what amounts to a bad view on the north side, and a great view (if you can handle the possibility of a bat crapping on you, which did not happen to me) on the south side. You have to do this at a specific time of day, like about 20-30 minutes before dark.

Bats by BridgeOnce you’re there, you hang out. If you want, you can bump around by the river. There’s a nice bike path, as you could have seen by looking at the image. Just as the sky gets darker, bats start flying out from under the bridge. They come out for at least 15 minutes (that’s all I know because that’s how long I was there). It’s a constant stream of bats, and others who were there that claim to know said that there are over 100,000 bats in there. Crazy.

You can even walk under the bridge before they start and shine a flashlight up into the creases they have for strength or something, and there are boatloads of bats in there. It’s really kind of creepy. The whole thing was really a trip, and I’m wondering if anyone else has seen this.

Big ups to hankmc65 for the tip. Thanks, Hank. (He’s my cousin and he likes to leave funny comments on photos. If you see him hanging around, tell him you know about the bat bridge.)

And what do you know, as soon as I finish writing this, I find the video.

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