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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011

Thursday night at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve proved to be another of those memory making times. Nolan Donop, his daughter, Rebecca Meyer, Melvin Leifeste, and a guest of Nolan’s, Mr. Richard Rade from Omaha, Nebraska, joined us at the cave for what proved to be a very informative evening. Nolan and Melvin shared some of their memories from years long past regarding some of their escapades at the bat cave. The twinkle in their eyes while relating these events showed that memories had been made that lasted a lifetime. Different memories with these little bats have now been added and the smiles on their faces showed that these would be repeated for years to come. (photo: back to front: Melvin Leifeste, Nolan Donop, Richard Rade, and Rebecca Meyer).Saturday and Sunday night brought more visitors, most of them from Mason. This is encouraging to see. Mason residents have truly taken a personal interest in “their bat cave.” The Nature Conservancy has taken over stewardship of this Preserve for the last 21 years, but they know that it has been and always will be the heartbeat of the hill country and the residents of the small town of Mason, Texas. The pride in this wonderful cave that is home to millions of tiny bats during the months of May through October extends beyond the geographical borders of this town. A case in point of this fact revealed itself on Saturday evening at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. On Saturday a gentleman from Pearland, Texas, his dad, and his nine year old daughter visited the Preserve. While visiting he told me that he has had a deer lease in Mason for over eleven years and had never been to the bat cave to see the emergence. I asked him why he was visiting now and he told me that when his daughter was at the Houston Livestock Show he saw some people wearing Mason t-shirts. They started visiting and he expressed to them how he got “bored” with nothing to do while in Mason. They quickly directed him to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve! With this information, he brought his family to watch the dramatic performance of these little creatures, and they assured me that their attitude was 100% changed. Thank you proud Mason t-shirt wearers for helping with this transformation!!If you would like to be transformed by this remarkable event, call the bat hotline at: 325-347-5970 for current emergence times and then boot-scoot on out and share in the fun. Admission to the Preserve is $5.00 for persons 6 years of age and older. Thanks Mason for all of your support in helping make this a most wonderful adventure!!

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