In the accompanying photo enjoying the early morning bat return are the Muse family: Christy; Dexter; Marty and David. Also pictured is Mason’s favorite author, Mr. Scott Zesch. These folks proved that the shortage of sleep, the lack of coffee and breakfast, and the 1500 foot hike up the trail are trials that are worth the effort to see this tremendous sight that is offered every third Saturday at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve.
I hope that I did not confuse you about the Early Morning Return in last week’s paper. Early Morning Return at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve is the third Saturday morning of June, July, August and September of each season. I mistakenly put the Early Morning Return would be "this weekend, July 24th in the paper last week. If you rearranged your schedule for this week based on the inaccurate data I provided, please do not panic. Early Morning Return was last Saturday, July 17th, but due to my mistake in putting the wrong date, we will ALSO be open for the Early Morning Return this Saturday, July 24th.
At the cave this week was a couple well known at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve (see attached photo). Nickola Hristov and his wife, Louise, were students working under Dr. Tom Kunz from the University of Boston. Dr. Kunz is known worldwide for his research on bats. He was one of the key persons to encourage the Eckert family to donate the bat cave to The Nature Conservancy for its future preservation.
Nickola and Louise worked together at The Eckert James River Bat Cave, fell in love and married in Mason, Texas, three years ago and have come to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve every year since then to celebrate their wedding anniversary. We will have more details about this couple’s work at the bat cave in a later column. Congratulations to this delightful couple!!
Emergence times have still been around 8:30 P.M., but this could change up to an hour from night to night. It is well worth the trip to see this stunning nighttime performance. If you need any other information about the bats, please contact me on the bat hotline at 325-347-5970.