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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 • Posted July 6, 2011

“A rose by any other name is still a rose,” but a bat by another name proves that someone who cared has visited The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve! We have had several young folks that left the Preserve more focused on bats because they left “their” bat with a name that will last their lifetime. Mr. Tyler O’shea from Kingswood,Texas named his bat Zippy. Cade Mixon from Kerrville came up with the cute little name, Flyte, for his little lady bat. Cameron Nichole Croft donned her new friend, Blaze, while Elizabeth Reinke named hers, Tony. Both of these young ones visited us from San Antonio, Texas, while Amber Matula from Alvin, Texas, was very creative with the name, “Konowie”. Just as sweet as a rose smells, so these miniscule mammals are in personality. We won’t mention smell too much in regard to bats, but their faces and tiny little feet that hold their newborn “pup” or baby will quickly melt any heart.I did promise more excitement this week by announcing the names of Geraldine’s three babies. Anyone that has visited The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve knows or knows about our dear Geraldine. She is another small black and white mammal that calls this Preserve her home. She is of the skunk family and has the curiosity of a two year old boy. She is a delightful treat to watch (from a distance) as she encounters other creatures on this wonderful eight acres of excitement. Her three little ones will draw out smiles and chuckles from even the most serious observer. These little ones were named Jarrod and Stinky by Kyle and Cody Tatsch from Mason, Texas, and Flower by Cindy Smith from Brady, Texas. We hope that these don’t get too excited by their new names...everyone knows NOT to excite a skunk!!!The emergences have been superb! The bats are heading out around 6 P.M., although they were flying out a little after 5 P.M. on Sunday afternoon. I open the gate at 6 P.M. each Thursday-Sunday evening and you will definitely get a full viewing time since they continue on until we close at 9 P.M. Don’t miss out!! Join us soon!! If you need directions, you can get these on The Nature Conservancy’s website at: or you can call the bat hotline at: 325-347-5970. Admission to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve is $5.00 for persons six years of age and older. Have a great week! Don’t forget to look up at night and tip your hat to these dear, dear ladies who protect our Mason, Texas and other areas from harmful pests. Smile, knowing that they carry names that your young ones gave them and will remember for a lifetime.....See ya at the cave!!

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