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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 • Posted June 8, 2011

What is tiny, brown, cute and appreciated all over the world? (see photo) Yep, our dear little lady bat friends at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. “Appreciated all over the world...prove it,” you might say. I will just pull out the registration form for Saturday night (or if you were one of the guests that joined us that night you wouldn’t have to have the written proof) and on the top line it states: Mat and Jen Browne from Manchester, UK. These folks came an ocean away just to see our delightful bat friends. It goes without saying that they certainly were NOT disappointed. Welcome to Mason, Texas and enjoy the rest of your stay Browne family!!Clearing the dead brush around the Preserve is going better than anticipated. We had a ton of bee brush that didn’t come back out this season. I am thinking that lack of water may be the culprit. Fire issues were a true motivator to get this project started as soon as possible and a high priority to continue on with determination until completed.We are also reworking the trails that have worn down and rutted through time and wear and tear. Some, like myself, have a rough time with some of the footing in different areas, so my faithful volunteers and I are steadily making tremendous improvements in these areas. It is still advisable to bring a walking stick or staff with you until these improvements have all been implemented. If you would like to assist in this work you may call me and I would be more than pleased to add you to our labor force.The bunnies and bees are quite abundant at the Preserve right now. What little bee brush is blooming makes the bees very happy. The bunnies sit quietly under the shade and watch as we work away. The wrens tell the other birds our location in the loudest tone while the mockingbirds entertain us with their constant chatter.The bats are now exiting the cave around 7:38 P.M. I do give a presentation that I try to start around 7:15 P.M. each Thursday-Sunday evening. Admission for this event is $5.00 for persons six years of age and older. You can call the bat hotline for more information at:325-347-5970.Don’t forget to call if you are planning on coming out to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve to watch the early morning return of the bats. This event is every third Saturday in June-September. We will be enjoying our first early morning return on Saturday, June18th. Bring your coffee and join us about 6:15-6:30 A.M. for this unforgettable event!! See ya at the cave!

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