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Bat Cave Report
2011 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 • Posted October 19, 2011

Everything wonderful must come to a finish at some point. This is what happened on Friday evening at The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. The bats took off back home and thus ended the viewing of the emergence this season. Not a bat was to be seen on Saturday. I did get a newsletter from the Devil’s Sinkhole in Rocksprings, Texas and they have started having huge emergences. Can anyone guess where our bats are? Even though the viewing is over for the season, we do have tons of work that needs to be done before the gates close for the 2011 season. We have brush to cut and haul, rocks to be moved from the parking area, seats that need to be given a good coat of weather proofing, trail work, and just basic get- it-done stuff. If you’d like to help, call the bat hotline @ 325-347-5970. I would appreciate all of the help I can get.This will be the last Bat Cave Report for this season. It has been a joy to be the bat cave steward for 2011. Gerry Gamel, the editor of the Mason County News, and his faithful hound, Dozer, have been truly supportive of the bat news column for many years and I would like to say thank you for all of their help! Thank you Dalton, Jordan and Jana Ritter for the many, many hours of volunteer service you gave this year...again! Jana, you and your camera gave a lot of people a lot of pleasure every week in the Mason County News as the pictures accompanied my column. Thanks to all of the volunteers this season...every second was appreciated!I have had tons of feedback from the reading public and it is wonderful to know that this weekly column has made a difference in your life. Ok, maybe it hasn’t made a huge difference of any kind, but it has been nice knowing that you are reading and enjoying it.Thanks everyone for the memories! I look forward to next season and if you visited this year, it will be wonderful to see you again next year. If you have never been to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve to witness one of the most spectacular events on this planet, visit us next season. Check the bat hotline (listed above) about the first week in May to see when we will open for the season. Until then, don’t miss any opportunity to share your excitement about bats to any who would hear. Don’t forget that one good thing said can eliminate a bad thing thought.....our little mammal friends deserve at least that for all they do for us. Smile often, hug the ones you love, and tip your hat to the ladies in the sky as they head back to their home....I’ll see ya next year!!

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