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Bat Cave Report
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 25, 2013

This morning, Monday, September 23rd, is an absolutely perfect morning. The air is crisp. There is moisture in the ground. When I walked out this morning I could feel the ground give way under each step that I took. This makes me happy. It makes everything and everyone happy. Well, maybe not everyone.

We had many people plan on visiting The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve this weekend to see the emergence of the bats. Thursday and Friday nights it was raining almost too hard to go to put the sign out that we would be closed due to the weather. Saturday night I headed out with a clear sky, but when I got to the river it was several feet over the bridge. It has been quite some time since I saw any water at all at the James River bridge, so it was a delight to see it impassable.

On Sunday night I once again tried to get to the Preserve but the water was again too high. That was my week in a few short sentences. I have had many people calling to ask when the bats would leave for the winter. Our bats have already left for the winter. We do, however, have bats migrating south that are using our cave for a holdover. I never know from night to night how many there will be or when they will leave for the night. It will be after seven thirty I am sure, but it can be just a minute or two before dark. Plan to be at the Preserve around 7:15 P.M. and you should be fine.

Hurry on out, time is running out for this season and we certainly want to end the season with everyone happy! See ya at the cave.....

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