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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 • Posted October 6, 2010

Cool weather! That is not a complete sentence, but in many ways it speaks volumes. The flowers are happy again and show it by the brilliant blooms that burst forth to face the cool, crisp morning air. Birds happily belt out the current rendition of bird songs. Even the numerous frogs that lazily sit along the sides of the cattle trough seem a little livelier. Albeit they still just lounge around, but at least they have a sparkle in their bulging eyes. Yes, the cooler weather is settling in Mason, Texas like a massive air conditioner has been turned on outside. Work outside no longer seems unbearable. The porch suddenly seems to draw you into the wonderful old rocker that has sat so lonely this summer. Everything seems to be singing in the happiest melodies. Yes, the hard rays of the summer sun even seem to have toned down their brilliance. Even the beautiful butterfly in the photo with this story seems to be bidding us a happy day!

Cool weather speaks another language to other creatures though. The warm melodious tune of summer and fall have not fallen on deaf or unappreciative ears. The millions of bats that inhabit The Eckert James River Bat Cave are certainly not venting against the hot Texas weather. In fact, with the cooler weather setting in, the bats are showing signs that they are packing up for their long trip back home to Mexico. Cold for them is not tolerated. They take a hint from those "snowbirds" up north that head to Florida for the winter.

Cold is not something that these little mammals can handle. Weighing in at about two nickels in weight, they are not equipped to handle some of the nights here in Mason. We still have a few hangers on, but the majority seemed to have headed back down for the warm climate in Mexico. We will continue to have a few bats for a while as ones heading down stop over for a night or two, but soon it will be the end of a tremendous 2010 season.

Sunday night Wyatt and Wesley Westbrook from Mason, brought their parents out to visit at the Preserve. Wyatt wanted to let everyone know that he is two years old and he saw four bats! He was busy looking for snakes and other critters so he may have missed just a few of the other ones. He was excited enough that he was going to be sure that his grandpa knew that he had indeed seen bats!!

Don’t wait. If you are determined to see these bats in action this year, come on out to visit at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Call 325-347-5970 for details and current emergence time. See ya at the cave!

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