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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 17, NO. 1 Spring 1999


Mexican free-tailed Bat Sculpture Dedication

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A new landmark will greet Austin’s famous colony of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) upon the bats’ return to their urban home this spring. Dedicated last summer, this rotating bat sculpture by local artist Dale Whistler is a fitting honor to the nightly bat emergence that has become one of the top five tourist attractions in Texas’ capital city.

The sculpture stands 18 feet tall by 20 feet wide at one end of the Congress Avenue bridge, under which the bats make their home.

Shown here at the dedication ceremony, left to right, are Bobbie Barker, chair of the Downtown Austin Alliance; Lisa Nungesser of Parsons Brinckerhoff*; Austin mayor Kirk Watson; BCI executive director Merlin Tuttle; and Dale Whistler, the artist.

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
Postal Bats
Report from Slovakia
Where the Bats Are
BCI Highlights
In Tribute: Kenneth Olson
Tools for Teachinig Bat Conservation
Members' Night Sign-Up Begins May 5
Look for "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats" at these locations:
Bat Rehabilitation Book Available
Volunteers Needed - Grand Canyon Bat Research
Wish List
Matching Gifts
Mexican free-tailed Bat Sculpture Dedication
Arizona Bat-and-Mouse Natural History Tour

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