Submitted by: Randy hohlaus 12:26am Jun 18 2012

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Olmos Basin Park, On Jackson Keller between McCullough and San Pedro, either adjacent the Farmers Market site or across Jackson Keller

My idea to improve this place

Bring back in modern form the historic Bat Roosts that I remember seeing in the Olmos Basin when I was a kid. Dr. Campbell's bat roosts could be restored in open spaces across SA.

So that people could... 

sit in a simple stepped amphitheater around the bat roost and find a reason to gather and celebrate every summer evening in our public places a visual dynamic expression of our natural environment in a way unique to our city, experience a learning moment about an important part of our ecological niche, harvest guano for community gardens, and thrill to the thought of millions of mosquitos soon to be dispatched.

Because I want San Antonio to be...

known as the Batcentric City of America.

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Lissa Martinez (Jun 25 2012)
I love this idea, it is unique and authentic use of that huge open space in the flood plain. There are already bats roosting at North Star Mall garage (south garage) and I've seen them spiral up toward the sky in the evening, it is quite unexpected to see that in the city. We just watched for about 20 minutes, rather than drive off, as we had planned. So, yes, I think city dwellers would show up for this free show, and bring their kids. There are still natural caves in the olmos basin bluffs and there ought to be bats there. And there are plenty of bugs to eat in the surrounding flood plains areas and the upstream and downstream neighborhoods Bat season is NOW, so it's too late to make this work for this year, but Bat Conservations International would appreciate this, I bet. My only concern is the pesticides in use at the adjacent golf course. But if we could work that out, bring on the mosquito eaters!
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Patty (Jul 17 2012)
I like the idea. The bats would eat a lot of mosquitos, which would make this a more fun place to be!
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Amy Price (Jul 24 2012)
This is a MARVELOUS idea that would be good for the environment with a nod to history! Bat Conservation International (a Texas-based nonprofit) is always happy to see local interest and investment in bat conservation. We can go on for days about the benefits of bats to a community--from reduced insect pests to eco-tourism, and local farmers and gardeners will really benefit! It is also great for children (of all ages) to have focal point for urban wildlife viewing. We share the planet with a lot of species!
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