Witches love bats, right? Well, maybe not all witches. That's just a stereotype, after all. Austin, however, does love bats.
On March 29, 2010, Lee Leffingwell, Austin's mayor, announced his desire to see the bat become the official animal of Austin. On Thursday, April 8, at the next Austin City Council meeting, he will bring a resolution making the bat Austin's mascot and making the first Sunday evening in June the "Night of the Bat."
Leffingwell's batty plans for keeping Austin weird include:
- making the bat the official animal
- making the first Sunday evening in June the "Night of the Bat"
- hosting a "Night of the Bat" celebration
- hosting a free concert on the Congress Avenue Bridge
- showing a matinee screening of "Batman the Movie" at the Paramount Theatre
The Congress Avenue Bridge is home to more than a million bats. This colony is the largest urban colony in North America.
"Batman the Movie" premiered at the Paramount Theatre in Austin in 1966. Adam West will not only be on the big screen, he will be in town. According to Mayor Leffingwell, West is planning on attending the screening and the evening "Night of the Bat" celebration.
The witchy, earthy part of me wonders what having a bat as a totem animal means. Can a city have a totem animal? I also wonder how much the bats will appreciate a concert taking place on their roof. Considering that Bat Conservation International is participating in this idea, I suspect that the health and well-being of the bat colony will be addressed in the planning stages of the events. Ultimately, the idea is simply fun and joyful.
Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices. (from Charge of the Goddess)
Bats emerging from under the Congress Avenue Bridge
For more information
Read the full story from the Austin American Statesman -- Bat could be named Austin's official animal.
Read Mayor Lee Leffingwell's blog post -- Mayor Leffingwell and Batman team up to keep Austin weird.