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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Posted June 22, 2011

Well folks, the babies are arriving steadily since the beginning of the past week at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve!!!! Our bat moms are hungrier than ever and are putting on a nightly show that will cause your heart to go rappity-tap-tap!! At the tenth largest maternity colony for bats in the world there are no pitter patter of little feet, since their little feet are holding them tightly to the ceiling of the cave. There are a lot of little feet though, numbering 4-6 million pair. These little fee are attached to tiny, little, pink, hairless bodies that will quickly grow in only four short weeks to the size of their mother. We, at The Nature Conservancy, are proud to announce the arrival of all of these young ones and invite you out to enjoy the nightly ritual that their moms put on as they head out into the night sky to fill their voracious appetites.The picture that is attached to this week’s story shows a lot of little feet coming to view the emergence that is famous throughout the world. Richelle Joy and her girls, Brianna Davis, Avery, and Skyler joined Neely, Logan, Landon and Hudson Bartell to witness this remarkable event. The Joy family is from Mason, Texas and the girls named a bat while watching this grand event. The name Emily was chosen for their bat while the boys of the Bartell clan from Longview, Texas, chose Scott for their bat’s new name. I am pretty sure that both of these lady bats will wear these names with pride. Also in the photo are two visitors from Garland, Texas, John and Mary Ann McWilliams who were included in all of the fun and excitement of the night.Like any proud granny, I would love to have all of you come and see what all of the fuss is about. You too will feel the pride that Mason shares toward these small creatures that call The Eckert James River Bat Cave home.The emergence starts right at 6:00 P.M., so don’t be late!! Since the bats are coming out so early in the evening, bring your camera for some excellent shots that will not require flash. Don’t forget to wear sturdy walking shoes for the 1500 foot hike up the trail to the cave. Because of the heat, you may want to pack some water to sip on. Also remember that we have no facilities on the Preserve. No alcohol or pets are allowed anywhere on the Preserve. We do have seating available at the mouth of the cave which gives you an up- close and personal experience while viewing the emergence. Admission to the Preserve is $5.00 for persons six years of age and older. For other information, please call the Bat hotline at:325-347-5970. See ya at the cave!!!

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