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You’ll have to be a night owl yourself to meet these mysterious animals of the night.

The USA enjoys nearly every landscape possible under the sun, from craggy peaks to rolling prairies, from arid deserts to tropical rain forests. However, it is at night when the landscape truly awakens and becomes something magical. Nocturnal creatures wander out of their burrows, dens and other hiding spots to explore their surroundings and find something to eat.

1. Bats

The USA is home to a wide variety of bat species. If you’d like to catch a glimpse of Mexican free-tailed bats, join the crowds on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. As the sun sinks low in the horizon, a cloud of up to 1.5 million bats emerge from underneath the bridge. Renovations to the bridge in 1980 unintentionally made it the ideal bat roost, and it now harbors the largest urban bat colony in the world.

Find a spot on Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas, to see up to 1.5 million bats take flight every evening.

Find a spot on Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas, to see up to 1.5 million bats take flight every evening.
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Alan Wolf

2. Coyotes

Though you may sometimes spot them in the daytime, coyotes prefer to be out after