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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 • Posted July 13, 2011

There are many species of barnacles. One of these species, on becoming an adult, will search out a whale, a rock, another barnacle, or any surface that is solid. Once it finds this spot, it secretes a fluid out of its antennae that is adhesive and it will fix itself head first to this chosen area. There it will stay for the remainder of its life.

I thought of the lowly barnacle this week since all of our babies have been born and are hanging from the ceiling of The Eckert James River Bat Cave. Unlike the glue that adheres a barnacle to an object by the strongest glue know to man, the baby bats aren’t that fortunate. They hang from the ceiling by their tiny little feet while wrapping around other baby bats that cling tenaciously to the ceiling of the cave. They must keep a fast hold for four weeks before they reach a point that they are ready to make their first flight out into the night sky. Should a pup (baby bat) fall to the bottom of the cave, it quickly becomes food for the voracious dermestid beetles that cover the cave floor.

We had three "heroes" at the cave this week. Two of these were a couple that told me a story of how they rescued a bat that had fallen into their swimming pool. They watched her take off later in the evening after she had dried off and rested a bit. Many, many thanks for a job well done!

Our other hero pulled up to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve right at six o’clock on Sunday evening. After many failed attempts at unlocking the lock on the gate, I was totally perplexed as to what to do. Hero number three dug through his vehicle and came up with a pair of pliers that helped undo the stuck lock. Time for some WD40! All 37 guests that night were able to enjoy the emergence of The Eckert James River Bat Cave bats thanks to this kind gentleman....and what a show it was!! Don’t miss the bat hotline 325-347-5970 for current emergence times. Current emergence time is around 6:08 P.M.

Viewing the early morning return of the bats is this weekend, Saturday, July 16th.

( see photo of June’s early morning return) Call the hotline if you would like to join in this fun. Be a barnacle....make plans to visit...and STICK to them...!!! See ya at the cave!

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