Batnadoes Are Forming In Northern California

June 26, 2020
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In 2020, nothing really seems surprising or weird anymore. Especially Northern California's seasonal batnadoes. 

Animals have a strange way of being fascinating, and this is one of those instances that sounds like a bad idea but I'm SO intrigued by it that I want to view these batnadoes in person. If you're a weirdo like me, the great thing is you CAN view these. You can even PAY to see them, or get around the system and see them for free. 

According to Atlas Obscura, the Yolo Causeway in Davis, California, was built in the last century to help people cross the marshlands of the Yolo Bypass. The marsh, summertime heat, and structure of the Causeway created the perfect habitat for bugs to populate and their predators, bats, to thrive. 

Every summer, migrating Mexican free-tailed bats settle in the concrete of the Yolo Causeway and breed more little baby bats. Around a quarter-million of these bats migrate, so that's like...a LOTTA bats. There are a lot of bugs to eat, though, so maybe we need more bats? 

When these bats swarm the skies at sunset, they form "batnadoes" and the phenomenon is spectacular enough to pay money to see it happening. You can purchase tours from the Yolo Basin Foundation (kids 15 and under are free), but Atlas Obscura suggests going the free route. They suggest that, when driving west on the Causeway, take exit 32A towards E. Chiles Road, and then park outside the gates of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife area. Walk up on the levee for the BEST view of these bats at sunset. 

Have you ever viewed the Yolo batnadoes? Watch the video below for an example of what these batnadoes look like.