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Bat Cave Report
2012 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 • Posted August 22, 2012

Somewhere in the world of fast living and anxious moments there is a small place that allows a person to slow down and enjoy life. That place? Of course it is The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. Problems seem to melt into nothingness as a person becomes not just a visitor but a part of what goes on at this wonderful piece of paradise. Like an invisible web, details of the visit spin into a delightful memory that is treasured for a lifetime.

The emergences of the bats are sporadic to say the least. Some nights they begin at 7:01 P.M. and some nights they are as late as 8:39 P.M. I give an educational presentation at 7:30 P.M. so try to plan your time to make it by then. The season itself has proven to be different than in the past years, but the world seems to be different as well. Weather patterns are no longer predictable as when I was a child. I remember that summer was hot, fall was cool, winter was cold and spring was perfect. Instead of relying on perfect seasons, we barely are able to rely on a perfect few minutes in a day. So be it! The bats do guarantee a perfect performance for those who want some stability in their lives. To be able to rely on something is a very special gift. They offer you that gift every Thursday-Sunday evening from 6-9 P.M. until about the middle of October. Should you miss it? You can, but it would be like missing the birth of your child. Sure, you can, but would you want to lose such special memories?

Speaking of gifts, a young man and his family came to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve to get a dose of good “country” fun. The dad told me that the boys did not enjoy being out of the house and were glued to their video games constantly. He wanted to prove to them how wonderful life can be when you are part of it. Unlike video games that are make believe and often times violent, being involved in nature gave a person peace and true contentment. When the boys got up to the seating area, we sat for a few minutes and visited. The older boy, about 11 years old, asked, “So, where is the gift shop?” I have been bat steward for seven years and have never been asked that question. I did not have to think of an answer though, I just replied, “Right here in front of you. The gifts that you leave with are never clutter when you get home. They do not have to be dusted or fixed. For $5.00 you can fill up on one memory or a million. It is much better than a brown bag clearance sale. Every memory is reusable and recyclable. Here, is the perfect GIFT SHOP!” His mouth dropped and he was unable to speak because the bats had begun their nightly emergence. He sat in total quiet and awe for almost two hours and left that evening with the greatest gift possible..... realizing that dad was right... outdoors is COOL!! Thanks dad for the visit. Thanks for taking the time to try to take back the right to be a part of your children’s lives. Thanks for the gift of sharing your family with me. Thanks for helping me remember how wonderful my job truly is!!!

Be a part...share a part...become a whole...The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve helps rebuild family structure. Join us with your family, friends, or co-workers and leave with a special glow in your eye because you know that “perfect” is not all gone.... See ya at the cave!!

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