Meet The Bats Of Golden Gate Park

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The official winged mammal of the Halloween season is bats, and yes, there are bats in Golden Gate Park. In fact, there are 16 different kinds of bats in Golden Gate Park.

“The Bay Area currently has 16 native species of bats,” according to the Golden Gate Parks National Conservancy. “There are a few places where you might see bats at sunset. These include Fort Funston and Golden Gate Park. Some of the bats you might spot include: California myotis, Yuma myotis, little brown, fringed myotis, big brown, silver-haired, red, hoary, and Mexican free-tailed.”

If you do want to spot one of these types of bats, dusk is your best time. “Bats are largely nocturnal, meaning they are most active after sundown,” according to a separate article from the Conservancy. “Specifically, little brown bats emerge from their dark roosts two-to-three hours after dusk to feed. After feeding, they return to their roosts to sleep out the rest of the night and day hanging upside down.”

And according to this bat-spotting write up from 7×7, the best place to spot bats is “Stow Lake Boathouse, before 6pm.”

But if you’re looking for bats in Golden Gate Park, the big ferris wheel is not the place to see them. The bats hate the lights of that ferris wheel.

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