NOTE: The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum no longer send doecents out on Thursdays in the summer but the bats still come every summer, roughly June - September.
I had heard rumors that thousands of bats live under the North Campbell Street bridge (just south of River) each summer and that they take flight at sundown in the summer. This urban legend seemed more plausible when I found out that docents from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are there every Thursday evening to share their knowledge of these nocturnal creatures. A sister event site is rumored to be at the Pantano Wash in east Tucson.
So, last night being Thursday, I went to check it out. We parked at the southwest corner of St. Philips Plaza near what was Scordato's, (they have moved) or across the bridge and walk across the wash if there is no water in it. Here are a few photos I took of the event.
Just before sundown, a few scout bats flew out from under the bridge.
Then, all of a sudden, as if on queue, thousands of bats take flight right about sunset.
My advice. Make an evening of it! Take the kids. Take a picnic or visit one of the restaurants near St. Philip's Plaza after the event.