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Bat Cave Report
2013 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • Posted September 12, 2013

In a quiet little town there lives a GRANNY. This GRANNY isn’t extraordinary in any particular way. She works somewhere extraordinary though. She is the steward for The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. She absolutely loves her job. She clears the trails to the caves with help from volunteers. She gives educational presentations to the people that come from all over the world to see the bats emerge for the evening. She also writes an article for the Mason County News each week during the season. Ok, she usually writes a story for the Mason County News each week. I did mention that she is a GRANNY. Given that information, it is a fairly well known fact that a GRANNY can sometimes forget. It is also reasonable to believe that a GRANNY is not the best when it comes to using the computer. Now, I am not going to give any excuses about the column for the last two weeks, but as a GRANNY I certainly would appreciate your understanding. I was certainly very happy that so many people checked with me about the absence of the Bat Cave Report for the past two weeks. That forced me to remember to get it in on time this week.

Speaking of time......it is time for you to get out to see the bats before they are all gone for the season. With the crazy weather the last couple of weeks, most of the bats have headed south to their homes in Mexico. We do have an emergence. It is after 7:30 P.M. and it gets fairly dark a little after 8:00 P.M. When you come, don’t forget your flashlight because it will be dark before we head back up to the parking area.

The emergence is a sight to behold and one that many visitors come from far away to witness. We had a group from New York that waited for the lightning to pass for over an hour so that they could see this amazing spectacle. It was hot and humid in the vehicle as we waiting anxiously to see if the storm would blow over. It did and everyone left with a huge smile on their face.

Do you smile? Well, you would if you were a GRANNY or a visitor to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve! There is just something very special and heartwarming about grandkids and bats. Don’t miss out...hug the grandkids often and get on out to see the bats before they head south. Better yet, bring the grandkids out with you when you come. Now, that is the perfect scenario!!!!! See ya at the cave.....

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