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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 • Posted August 3, 2011

“ I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” .. Aeschylus Learning is such a precious gift. Teaching on the other hand is a joy with no boundaries. To help one person change their perspective from a negative to a positive is in my opinion even more delightful than a slice of homemade chocolate cake...and with less calories!!. This week at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve we hosted a huge multitude of educators from all over the country. What a thrill to see these dedicated givers of knowledge join us for the emergence. There were a few that “were not sure” of being there and had just come because of “peer pressure” from their friends. These “not so sure” ones ended up with the biggest smiles when our dear little bat friends headed out into the afternoon sky. The predators that made an appearance delighted even the faint of heart in their determination to snag some of the bats for their evening meal.Geraldine, our sweet resident skunk, had visitors on the edge of their seats as they watched her in her quest for a tasty meal. The Hiss family, Miss Hiss and Sir Hiss, also had a watchful and excited audience as they raced to grab any bat that became grounded. These two come almost nightly with huge appetites and generally fill their tummies with bats. One gentleman that came a few years ago said that he was a snake specialist and questioned me when I told the crowd that the Hiss family would each eat 5-7 bats a night on the nights that they showed up. He said the fact of the matter regarding white racers is that they do not eat that often or that quantity. Both snakes had been out the night before and had taken five bats (that we had seen). Sure enough, the snakes proved another specialist wrong as they proceeded to each eat seven bats. I have found that even fact sometimes has an exception!! Every resident of The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve has proven to be quite “different” from a scientific point of view. Not only are all of the critters that inhabit this eight acre home designed with a larger than normal appetite, they also are sweet and trusting. Maybe the two go hand in hand. Perhaps with full tummies they are too content to be grumpy. Whatever the reason, any visitor that comes to this fairy tale place called, The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve, leaves with a softer, more peaceful attitude.So, if you need a slight attitude adjustment, don’t be afraid of the storms, go sailing...or, visit The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve! Emergences are still right at six o’clock and run until nine o’clock. Don’t miss out! Call the bat hotline for information: 325-347-5970. Learn the meaning of happy!! See ya at the cave!

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