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Bat Cave Report
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008

In the year 27 B.C.E. Octavian became Rome’s emperor. He assumed the title “Augustus”, meaning “exulted, sacred”. He renamed a month for himself and “borrowed” a day from February so that August would have as many days as the month of July, which was named after Julius Caesar.

We think we have plenty of TIME to enjoy life’s great pleasures, but so did dear Julius Caesar. He never got the TIME to enjoy another July roll around after the first one. He was assassinated on the ides of March before his second July.

We had many spectacular emergences with various exciting predators so far this month. July has been a TIME when many, many visitors made memories that will be with them long after the ides of March. July is fast fading into the past and August is soon upon us.

Many things happen at the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve in the month of August. The first two weeks are the peak TIME to see the spectacular bat emergences since all of the pups will be flying. Also, on the third Saturday morning of August, we will have the ‘bats’ early morning return” featured at the Preserve. This is a TIME when visitors can experience the extraordinary return of the bats into the cave after a night out in search of food. For TIME and other information, call 325-347-5970.

TIME after TIME visitors to the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve have told me that they have had intentions to visit but never quite got around to it. They finally took the TIME to join us and many tell me that they had the TIME of their life!

If you make plans to come out, check your watch, because the TIME to be at the gate is 6 p.m. The bats are coming out early and if you wait too long, you will miss much of the show. We are open Thursday-Sunday from 6-9 p.m.

There is no TIME like now to make plans. “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the calendar as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.” Charles Richards….

Seneca 4 B.C.-65 A.D. stated that “TIME discovered truth.” How TIMEly! This is so true when you visit the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve and learn so many different truths about our bats who make the cave their summer home. A great Chinese Proverb states, “ I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Come see and do with us. Understand why the Nature Conservancy bases preservation on education! Enjoy education up close and personal!

The next TIME you look into the night sky remember….”TIME waits for no man…unless of course, he is watching a bat.” …Vicki Ritter 2008

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