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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 • Posted June 17, 2009

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. “….W.C. Fields

The words above are one of the basic principles of The Nature Conservancy. We are appreciative of all of the wonders that live among us on this beautiful planet. Many photographs around the earth have been shot in wide mouth awe and in total gratitude for spectacular views. How true this was last week as National Geographic’s own Joel Sartore and his son, Cole did a shoot at The Eckert James River Bat Cave. During the shoot Joel said, “Vicki, I have been all over the world and THIS is the most awesome thing that I have ever seen!” I think that says about all that needs to be said. We anxiously await the outcome in print!

With great anticipation we look forward to the August Texas Highways magazine which will also feature The Eckert James River Bat Cave in all of its glory. Watch the newsstands and get your copy.

We had some very interesting visitors to the emergence this week. We had a group from Oklahoma that had us included on their “world bat tour.” We also had a foreign exchange student who wasn’t allowed to return home until he saw what Mason holds proud in their hearts. Ho Jong Song, also fondly known as Andy, from Seoul, South Korea, got “the up close and personal” experience as the lady bats emerged from the cave. I know that he will leave Mason with a deeper appreciation of bats and the folks that live here which show the utmost gratitude for these creatures. Max and Jan Jordan, longtime friends of the cave, sponsored this young man on his visit to Mason, Texas.

Something very thrilling (besides the above mentioned) showed me what education can do. A young lady about four years old told me quietly when she sat down, “Bats favorite food is the moth.” Ok, how many of you knew THAT? I asked the other visitors that question and believe it or not, this young lady had them stumped!! Straight from the mouth of a young one…and this is the next generation of bat protectors!

So, does this information have you grabbing at the phone to call the bat hotline at: 325-347-5970 or send you to your computer to email for more details (nature.org/texas)? No doubt this would be anyone’s reaction to such a wonderful week at The Eckert James River Bat Cave! Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors…Oscar Wilde

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