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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 • Posted July 3, 2013

Several people have asked me where my column for last week was. I put together a list of “excuses” like: I was part of a Mission Impossible team the week before and forgot that I had disappearing ink in my computer, or that I was assisting the millions of mother bats with their baby’s birth, or that my computer sent it to that “never-never” land of lost data....I don’t need to use one of those excuses, because the real reason does the trick. I was cutting brush and a catclaw bush impaled one of its nasty thorns into my finger. It hurt Sunday night when I got in so I waited until Monday morning to type my story. When I woke up my finger was so swollen that it wouldn’t even much for typing!

It is doing wonderfully now, so I can tell you what an insane week we have had at the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. With the extreme heat, few people ventured out. The emergence times varied from 6:10 P.M. to 8:23 P.M. The bats did perform with all majesty though. It proved to be beyond expectation. Jaws dropped, mouths gaped open, eyes bulged and squeals of excitement were hard to contain. All the bats were mommies again and their appetite pushed them out into the late afternoon sky in huge emergences. Some of our friendly whip snakes did their parts in making the show a complete success.

If you would like to get in on all of the fun, just head on out to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve and have yourself a memory-making time. Emergences times have been all over the board this week, so emergence time for Thursday is anyone’s guess. We do open at 6 P.M. You can call the bat hotline (325-347-5970) for current information. See ya at the cave.....


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