Meet The Bats Of Golden Gate Park
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.”
The air quality got suddenly great this evening! So we went out to my favourite spot in Golden Gate Park to go bat detecting.
It was cool and foggy but lovely, and light enough time see the bats! I even got two reasonable-confidence Palid bat detections! pic.twitter.com/LfnkwF34mj
— Natbat 😷 (@Natbat) September 16, 2020
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.”
San Francisco needs more bats. pic.twitter.com/wWmoz9enCY
— The Spookier Side of the Street (@coolgrey) June 29, 2018
And according to this bat-spotting write up from 7×7, the best place to spot bats is “Stow Lake Boathouse, before 6pm.”
NEVER SEEN THIS: The Mexican Freetailed Bats of Golden Gate Park – These are Possibly Some of the Critters Irked by Our New, “Essential,” “Temporary,” “150 Foot” Ferris Wheelhttps://t.co/kiK4Wp7wTH pic.twitter.com/fMFABxtogN
— SFCitizen (@SFCitizen) March 30, 2021
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.