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Bat Cave Report
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 • Posted August 7, 2013

Memories.....the stuff that life is made of! How often do we really reflect on the goings on of times past? Is there a special memory that you feel the need to share with someone that is in your life right now? These questions were no doubt pondered during the last week by several visitors to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Story after story unfolded from visitors who had been to the bat cave as young children and were now bringing their children or someone very special in their life. (See attached photo of three generations of FRIENDS who shared this wonderful event on July 31st. The youngest lady in the group, Jenny Salling, named her new lifetime friend, “Rosie”. Rosie, was the Mexican free-tail bat that was netted and shown to the crowd the night Jenny and her family and friends visited The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Rosie was pleased with her new name and her new friends and can’t wait to have them visit again!)

I was told that there has been research done on people who share meals together. It is said that if you share a meal with a person that you won’t totally dislike that person after that. I don’t know about that, but I do know that when you sit on a bench at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve and watch these tiny mammals use their cunning and skill to get past the many predators as they fly out into the evening sky, it is never forgotten. The person next to you shares in the glee, in the fear, and in the total excitement that you are experiencing. People come up to me and tell me tales of when they visited and saw the emergence with their family when they were only two or three years old. Both people telling me these stories even remembered where they sat as visitors watching the emergence. One told of his experience smelling the “smell” for the first time. One young man in his twenties recalled the old white raccoon that was there the night his family visited. Old “Ghost” is no longer living, but his memory is kept alive in the hearts and minds of visitors just like this. People can watch old Ghost’s great, great, great grandbabies pulling some of the same shenanigans that he himself did.

Turn off the television, leave the cell phone and computer games at home and reconnect to something that never goes out of style. Memories that are made can quickly become precious heirlooms. These never have to be dusted off or insured. They never get dull or dated. Every time they are pulled out of the vault of the heart, they become more and more priceless.

Current emergence time is right at 6:50 P.M. We do ask that you get to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve about 6:30 P.M. to keep from disturbing the bats. Admission is five dollars for persons six years of age and older. Any other donations are gladly accepted and appreciated.

Early morning return of the bats is the third Saturday morning of August (August 17th). Meet me at the gate between 6:30-6:45 A.M. to watch this amazing re-entry to the cave by the bats. See ya at the cave...

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