The picture with this story is another example of a moment in the life of my daughter, Jana Ritter, as she and her favorite camera joined me at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. It absolutely couldn’t "bee" any better!! Although the bats held back on Thursday and Friday nights, on Saturday we had an emergence. It wasn’t a huge, 12 mile- an- hour- wind -creating emergence, but there were bats. Few bats, yes, but it created a tremendous impact on the sixty- eight visitors to the cave on Saturday. Most of these didn’t stay past dark, but between the lightning bugs and the cave myotis (other bats at the cave), they felt like they got a memory to hold on to for their grandchildren. For the few that held out until eight fifty-nine, there was a small emergence. Small yes, but the Mexican free-tailed bats were there and they did put on a show. It was just so dark by then that the visual appreciation was a bit stifled.
In the group of visitors on Saturday there was a couple from San Antonio who was celebrating their thirty- ninth wedding anniversary. Peggy and Richard Trevino visited Mason and our dear Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve for memories....and memories they packed away. Jana Ritter took the above photo and I presented the Trevino couple with a copy. Of course I knew that they had a special place in their hearts and lives for bees because they were bee keepers. We had chatted on the phone when Peggy called the bat hotline for emergence time and weather conditions. She disclosed to me that they were headed to Mason to hunt topaz and visit the cave. What a way to truly enjoy the wonderful pleasures of life. Peggy and Richard, we from The Nature Conservancy and the residents of Mason, Texas extend our hope that you will have at least 39 more exciting years together! We can’t wait to see you again at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve.
For all of the others who are reading this and are wondering how you can find out more about this phenomenal eight acres with extreme memory making ability, please call the bat hotline at: 325-347-5970. Feel free to leave me a message and I will get back with you. Everyone else: "BEE" happy, laugh out loud every chance you get, and know that our lady bats are keeping a close watch on the night skies over our dear Mason, Texas. See ya at the cave!!