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Pearland is home to Colony for Mexican Free-tailed Bats

Post Date:07/24/2017 9:23 a.m.

Did you know that one of City of Pearland's known bat colonies is located under the Fite Road Bridge? The maternal colony boasts more than 10,000 Mexican Free-tailed bats. The young pups in the colony are unable to take flight at this time, so be sure to visit our new observation area in July and August well before sunset when hungry mother bats and their pups begin emerging.
Do not stand on the bridge to view the bats, since it is not safe to stand on the road shoulder in low light and it could potentially disturb the colony. Residents interested in viewing the bat colony should park at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center located at 5800 Magnolia St, Pearland, Texas 77584 and walk across the street to the Edible Fruit Trail. From there, walk the path to the east and there is a picnic area where you can view the bats by looking north up the ditch to the bridge where the roost is located. Always remember that bats, just like any other wild animal, should never be handled and should be given plenty of space. Contact Pearland Animal Services if you find an injured wildlife.

Maternal colonies form every spring as they begin arriving in Texas from their over-wintering sites in Mexico to spend the summer and raise their offspring. We are now approaching the time of year when pups begin to fly and evening departures from their roosts are simply amazing to see.

Mexican Free-tailed Bat Fun Facts:

  • Pearland’s colony is estimated at more than 10,000 bats
  • The bats have been known to fly up to 60 mph
  • In one evening, the bats are capable of traveling over 100 miles while searching for food.
  • The bats consume incredible amounts of insects each night that greatly reduces costs and damages to agriculture.

Here's a video about our Mary’s Creek Trail:

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