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Bat Cruise on Town Lake, September 25, 2010
The fifth annual ACA Bat Cruise
sailed on Saturday, September
25, 2010. Around 100 participants
came to Austin for a day of events
geared at luring atheists in to Austin
from around the state and around
the country. Events included a precruise
lecture by Matt Dillahunty on
"The Superiority of Secular Morality,"
the cruise itself went from 6pm
until after Sunset. After dinner, a
sizable fraction of the group went to
Esther's Follies comedy club for an
evening of fun. We had guests from
as far away as Seattle and Trinidad
and Tobago as well as many guests
from Houston and Dallas.
The cruise itself was a nice mix of
conversation, snacking, and bat
watching. Austin is the home to
the largest urban bat population in
the world and they emerge from
under the Congress Avenue Bridge
at sunset to forage for food. Being
on the river is the best place to
watch the bats as they can be seen
clearly in silhouette.
Everyone enjoyed the day and we
look forward to a similar day of
activities next year. Special thanks
goes to ACA Treasurer John Iacoletti,
who organized the event.
(For more information about the bats, see Bat Conservation International
and their web page about the Congress Avenue bat colony.)
Photos from the event
Beth and Matt arrive.
Chattin' and snackin' on the lower deck.
Going under the Lamar bridge.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster makes a guest appearance.
The upper deck, waiting for bats.
Waiting for bats near the Congress Avenue Bridge.