Who would have known that on Saturday, September 15th, that a cleanup day would be possible.
Rain was falling when I went to bed on Friday night and there was a fifty percent chance that it would continue all through the day on Saturday. It was cool and overcast and the perfect working day. Five others besides myself made their way out to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve and we worked and worked and worked clearing dead brush. We clipped it and hauled it to the parking area to be shredded to put back down on the trails.
Cynthia and David Gipson , James Nixon, Jana and Jordan Ritter were the five brave, energetic members of the group that made great headway on the brush clearing. Jordan even used his size 14 feet to stomp the brush to compact it to make it easier to get to the parking area.
We all sweated, groaned and moaned, but we kept on. We worked from a little after 7 A.M. till right at 3:30 P.M. I got cleaned up and headed back out for the evening’s emergence. My body was tired and sore but seeing how much nicer it was looking made it so much easier to forgive myself for overdoing it. I do indeed thank the fabulous five for doing such a great job!
The bats are coming out a little after seven and it is getting dark a little before eight, so don’t wait too long to come and see the bats this year. We are on the downhill slide to the end of the season. With the two cold fronts that have helped cool the weather down, the bats are hightailing it back to Mexico. We will have others come on their way down south and they will use the cave a night or two. Usually this goes on for a week and sometimes two, but the emergence times get shorter and shorter as the nights get cooler and cooler.
We will be having another big cleanup on October 20th, weather permitting. Feel free to call the bat hotline at 325-347-5970 for more information as we get closer to that date. Have a great week....see ya at the cave!!