ATTENTION!!!!! For any of you reading this right now: If you did not join us this week at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve you missed one of the most awesome happenings on this planet! Even though the emergences were later than years prior to this, the creatures inhabiting the Preserve made up for it in the most extraordinary ways!!
The picture that is attached to this story is one of our local lizards who made life rather miserable for another Preserve resident, a cricket. This cricket was having all kinds of fun and excitement in its life until it came to join us at the seating area. This just happens to be where "Lennie", our sweet, entertaining little lizard just happens to reside. It is no coincidence that Lennie loves crickets to drop in from time to time. They usually don’t stay too long before they are invited to dinner. None of Lennie’s guests have ever registered a complaint about the menu, and Lennie undoubtedly approves of the cuisine.
For all of you reptilian fans out there in Readersville, take care to read this special part of this column: not only did Miss Hiss appear at the cave this week, but so did Sir Hiss and Little Hiss. Little Hiss is NOT so little anymore. She has almost doubled in size since last year. They all are still camera hogs and I will share one of the photos next week. I wanted to warn those of you who DO NOT appreciate our crawling friends so that when Miss Hiss’s photo appears in the paper next week you don’t scream or cause any undue disturbance in your peaceful, quiet home.
The bats are coming out a little before eight o’clock, so try to be at the Preserve no later than about 7:15 p.m. so that we don’t disturb them once they start their emergence. I give an oral presentation about 7:30 p.m. each Thursday through Sunday night to help you appreciate our tiny night-time protectors. It has been quite different this year from the past four that I have been cave steward, but it is still exciting and definitely locks in memories that last lifetimes.....
If you haven’t joined us this season, please do. If you need more information please give me a call on the bat hotline at: 325-347-5970. If you happen to spot any of our bat friends cruising the area, smile and wave and let them know you care!! See ya at the cave!!