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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009

“Build it and they will come.”….this quote from a movie became a reality at The Eckert James River Bat Cave. A road was built a number of years ago up to the parking area at this preserve. Over the years an average of 1,200 persons did come each season. Already this season more than 481 persons have visited. They come in pickups, SUVs, 4 wheelers, tour buses, and even cars.

The remarkable thing is that some were so excited to visit they even drove out in their shiny, black Corvette! The river didn’t swallow them up, the COUNTRY roads did not sway them, and the drive up our primitive road to the parking lot only proved but a momentary delay. I was impressed to say the least!

Once everyone enjoyed the tremendous show that The Eckert James River bats put on, we had several guests express their desire to volunteer at this remarkable place. I am going to divide the work up in sections so that if a family, a group of workmates, or even individuals would like to be assigned a small area, I will be able to do that. How wonderful for families and friends to work together for the good of all. If you would like to be a part of this project, please call the bat hotline at 325-347-5970 and I will be able to assist you

The Nature Conservancy believes in helping people make happy memories. Next year will mark the 20th year that The Nature Conservancy has assisted people with this goal at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. I have had the honor and privilege to be the steward of this cave and its delightful inhabitants for the past four seasons. No smile can be counted as unimportant, no silent squeal of delight can be overlooked, and the gleam in everyone’s eyes prove that memories are truly being made at this small piece of land that hugs the Heart of the Texas Hill Country just a few miles out of Mason, Texas.

Walk, fly, or drive, but get here and get in on your share of what makes life worth living. “The journey is the reward.”.....an old Chinese Proverb

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