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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 • Posted July 22, 2009

The Walden’s Online Dictionary states: “use ‘amount’ with things that cannot be counted but ‘number’ with things that can be counted… ’number’ is regularly used with count nouns, while amount is mainly used with mass nouns: number of mistakes, amount of money.

The word number can also be a bunch or aggregate. The synonyms for the word number are: abundance, amount, caboodle, collection, company, conglomeration, crowd, estimate, flock, horde, jillion, lot, manifoldness, many, multitude, plenitude, plenty, product, quantity, slew, sum, throng, total, totality, umpteen, volume, whole, zillion.

Synonyms for the word amount are: aplenty, bags, bulk, bundle, chunk, expanse, extent, flock, gob, heap, hunk, jillion, load, lot, magnitude, mass, measure, mess*, mint, mucho, number, oodles*, pack, passel, peck, pile, scads, score, slat, slew, supply, ton, volume, whopper.”

So, is there a number of bats or an amount of bats at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve? I know that if a person wanted to spend a lifetime counting these bats they could indeed be counted, thus they would be a number. Most people don’t have a lifetime to sit and count bats, so to them would they be an amount of bats and not a number?

Both amount and number have as synonyms the word jillion, so I think that it would be appropriate to say that we have a jillion bats at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Scientific counts show that from May-October The Eckert James River Bat Cave houses a ton, passel or multitude of bats numbering about 1.6 million. Other bats are “temporary” from June-August as they visit only to have their pups. This would add about another 2-3 million to the existing 1.6 million bats that call The Eckert James River Bat Cave “Home”. The number of bats double as each adult gives birth to a single, pink, hairless baby. It all adds up to oodles of tiny mammals in the maternity cave at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve!!

This week, through the first week in August, is the peak of bat viewing this season. This is when all of the approximate 8 million Mexican free-tail bats are flying. Moms and pups will fill the sky with healthy Texas appetites!

In other words, if you want to witness the emergence of umpteen bats you better hurry on out to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. If you need any information, call the bat hotline at 325-347-5970. The current emergence time is right at six o’clock P.M. With scads of bats leaving for a good night’s meal, they are hitting the air in the early P.M., so don’t miss out. I will meet you at the gate at 6 P.M.!

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