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Bat Cave Report
2013 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 15, 2013

Today, as I sit in front of my computer screen, I contemplate how so many things have given way to change in my lifetime. I learned to type on a manual typewriter and then an electric typewriter, and now a keyboard. There are a lot of advantages to change....not having to retype because of a mistake.. the enormous savings on whiteout...and the ability to just backspace and no one ever knows that your fingers hit the wrong button. Oh yes, I am a firm believer in change! I say that, then I have to backspace and mark that out because I am only a firm believer in change that is beneficial.

A change such as having no bats... would NEVER be a good change. A world without bats would be worse than a world without chocolate. Now that I have your attention, I would like to tell you that there will be no change in the Eckert James River Bat Cave steward this season. I, Vicki Ritter, will again have the pleasure of taking care of these little creatures that make life so wonderful. This will be my 8th season in this position. I look forward to seeing many of you come out for a visit. The season kicks off on Thursday, May 16th.

At this time of the year it is best to call the bat hotline at: 325-347-5970 for the current emergence time. Emergence is the flight of the bats from the cave. This time changes throughout the season. I give an educational presentation at 7:30 P.M. every Thursday-Sunday evening that we are open. The gate will open at 6 P.M. each of those evenings but the bats do change emergence times as the season progresses. If you have someone that would rather not sit on a hard bench at the seating area for several hours before you see a bat, then it would be best to call for the current emergence time for the night you wish to visit and adjust accordingly.

The Nature Conservancy welcomes each of you to visit this spectacular eight acres and marvel at the abundance of wildlife. Admission is $5.00 for persons six years of age and older. Hope to see ya at the cave.

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