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For a once in a lifetime experience you will want to come to the Frio Bat Flight Tour and witness this awesome site as 10 to 12 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats ascend into the evening sky before sunset at Frio Cave near Concan, Texas.
This is the second largest bat population in the world open to the public!
Meet your guide at the gate. The gate is 1/3 of a mile down FM 2690, first gate on the right after crossing the bridge over the Frio River.Follow the guide in your car 2 miles on ranch to the Frio Cave, take a short easy walk to the top of the hill to witness one of nature’s most incredible spectacles. Handicapped parking and accessibility are available. If you are unable to make the walk please inform a guide. Someone may drive you up after the walkway has cleared.
Also at the bat viewing area you will possibly see Cave Swallow, Rock and Canyon Wren, and you might even see a ringed-tail cat or skunk entering the cave to catch dinner. Be amazed as several species of raptor dive into the exiting swirl of bats.
Birds of prey catch the bats in the air
We have seen Zoned-tailed, Red-tailed, Red-shoulder, Kestrel, Swainson’s and Harris’s hawks plus Merlin and Peregrine falcons after the bats.
This is a maternity cave where the bats return each spring to mate and give birth to their pups. Unfortunately the bats fly south for the winter and are only here from mid March thru September.
Great Experience for Elementary, High School & College Groups
Frio Cave’s guides begin the tour with an interpretive talk about the known history of Frio Cave, the bats found in the cave and bats in general. This is a great chance to learn about the benefits of bats, life in and around the cave and nature in the Hill Country.
Bain has been leading the Frio Bat Flight Tours to the Frio Cave since 1999. He has learned about bats from bat specialists from Boston University, University of Tennessee, Bat Conservation International and Texas Parks & Wildlife. Bain and the bats have appeared in several TV documentaries, BBC shows, and Animal Planet, plus in Texas Parks & Wildlife & Texas Highways Magazines. He is an expert at spotting and identifying the raptors that catch the bats at the Frio Cave. Bain has lead the Bat Flight Tours and helped lead birding field trips for the Nature Quest Event since it began in 1999. He has helped maintain his families Bluebird nest box trail since 2001. In 2003 Bain was the co-nominator of the largest tree in Texas.He has been leading birding, nature by kayak, big tree & bat flight tours in our area since 1999. Bain gives bat programs for schools, organizations and is our main Frio Bat Flight interpreter.
Lee grew up in this area of the Hill Country and has been interested in birds all his life, and medicinal plants since high school. He earned his degree in entomology (bugs) in 1982 from TX A&M University. He was an entomology consultant for farmers and ranchers for 13 years. In 1991 he purchased a saw mill for his woodworking business and his interest in large trees grew. Lee is a certified Master Naturalist and birder. Lee has been leading nature, birding, natural history, nature by kayak, big tree, bat flight tours, and doing cowboy campfire storytelling in our area for Hill Country Adventures since 2003. That year Lee was the co-nominator of several champion trees in this area and one is the largest tree in Texas. Lee is a folklorist, musician and entertainer. He has performed at dude ranches, schools, San Antonio’s Folklife Festival, and Sea World of Texas.