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Bat Cave Report
2012 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 • Posted August 8, 2012

On Saturday night a young man, Dackota McCain, from Menard, Texas showed up at the cave to view the emergence of the bats. He brought along his sister, his dad and his three cousins. During my presentation I mentioned that I would love to be able to figure out the amount of moths that the bats eat from April through October. Dackota was all over this and as I gave him the numbers he fed them into his phone calculator and ZAP!!...he had the total. I won’t tell you the answer, but I am finally glad to get all of the zeros in the right spot so that I can share this with people who come to visit The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Thanks Dackota for all of your help. You made the night fun AND educational!!

We lost a huge amount of brush and trees from last year’s drought and need to get these cut and hauled to the parking area so that we can chipper shred them to put on the trails. With this in mind, we are going to have a cleanup on the third Saturday in September and also the third Saturday in October. The bats will probably be gone in October, but the cleanup will be worth coming out for. Plan on this day to have a wonderful family fun day. You can work an hour or eight hours...any time you can give will help make the place sparkle again for next season. We are going to need to realign the rocks along the trails to make everything look all spiffy. We also have a small stretch of old fence that needs to be removed and hauled off. If this is something that interests you, or if you would just like to come out and watch some old timey work taking place, put it on your calendar and make it happen. Call the bat hotline for more information at: 325-347-5970.

Don’t forget that Saturday, August 18th is the next Early Morning Return of the bats and is open to the public. We will meet in the parking lot at 6:30 A.M to view this spectacle. If you would like to come and work till noon on that date, that would be great! With the heat beating down in the triple digits, it may be that we only get an hour of work done, but one hour is one hour.

Don’t delay, make plans now so that you can join in on all of this cleanup. This will not only be fun, it will make memories that last lifetimes. Just to let you know, the bats are currently emerging between 7:00-7:30 P.M. Come on out and bring your family and a few friends for the world’s most entertaining event ever witnessed. See ya at the cave!!

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