Bat Rehabilitation, Big Brown


I considered naming incoming bats after famous baseball players (bats, haha), but due to the shortage of female names, I've chosen instead to go with famous Blues musician/singers.  This first female bat will be named "Rainey" after Ma Rainey.  I found some lyrics in one of her tunes that reminded me of her recent plight where she was found freezing to death on a garage floor:

My bell rang this morning, didn't know which way to go
I had the blues so bad
I sit right down on the floor
I felt like going in the mountain, jumping over in the sea
When my Daddy stay out late, he don't care a thing for me

In any case, "Rainey" is doing well, has the appetite of a lion, and I expect we will be releasing her just as soon as we get a bit of warm weather.



Townsend Bat Colony


I stumbled upon this Townsend Bat colony purely by accident while cave hunting.  I was as surprised to see them as they were to see me!  I stayed less than two minutes, not wanting to upset them further.  I took this quick video so you all can enjoy seeing them in their natural environment.

My First Bat Rehabilitation Patient

Got a call from Kathy today, said she was sending a bat my way! I scrambled to gather supplies and drove out to meet the couple who called in to Bat Crew.  They had found him last night, hardly moving on a cold garage floor. They took him in and kept him warm. By the time I picked him up, he was more feisty. He took a small amount of water, and then settled in for a long nap.  I will try to squeeze some worms in his mouth tomorrow.

Defiance Cave Preserve: Drapery Den is Trashed

Last month, we headed to Drapery Den with Rob McFarland, Ken Headrick, Mike Frazier. We were armed with garbage bags and gloves, but were unprepared for what we found.  We had expected to clean up trash that one person left behind. Instead, thigh high mountains of trash greeted us.  Only multiple probably mentally ill people over a long period of time could have accumulated so much refuse. Old cans, bottles, wrappers, clothing, drug containers, broken furniture, camping equipment, magazines and more.  It will take a small army to clean out this cave and make it habitable for bats again.  We loaded and carried many bags to the surface of the cave, but were only able to carry a fraction down the mountain.  We anticipate spending many weekends starting next spring on this project.
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Double Eagle Dig

Joined John McLean, Doug Medville, Todd Burke, Hunter, Paul Fowler, Mike Frazier and others for continued work on the Double Eagle Dig. At one point, we could hear Donald Davis tapping his hammer in a nearby passage, so a connection is imminent!

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Colorado Bat Crew at Vampire Fest

Tonight I joined in my first event with the Colorado Bat Crew at the Ft Collins Vampire Fest. We handed out educational materials on bats, showed some videos, answered questions from party-goers. Thanks always to Kathy Estes for her support in getting me closer to my goal of earning my Bat Rehabilitation Specialist License!  For more info on the Colorado Bat Crew: http://www.coloradobatcrew.com/




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Bat Exodus


I've been looking all over for this video! We visited friends a few years back  and were fortunate to be treated to a bat exodus at a nearby cave!





B. Cave

Enjoyed a fantastic trip this Labor Day weekend.  Rick Rhinehart invited us to a "little" gem of a cave he's known about for some time. Also along was Donald Davis, John McClain, Ken Headrick, Mike,  and Guano.




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Defiance Cave Preserve-Hauling the Final Gate

Thanks to all the volunteers who have jumped in and helped carry 4000 pounds of cement, steel and a very heavy generator to Cave of the Clouds.  (add volunteer list) The following videos, showing a single steel gate being slowly dragged up the mountain, will give you an idea how difficult and dangerous the project has been at times.


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Diamond Caverns, Kentucky


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DeSoto Caverns, Alabama




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Cathedral Caverns, Alabama


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Blanchard Springs Caverns, Arkansas


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National Speleological Society Bat Ball

Mike, Ken, Tracy and I had a great time checking out caves all the way from Colorado to the NSS Bat Ball in Alabama.  I can't wait to go again!


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Alabaster Caverns, Oklahoma

Mike, Ken Headrick, Tracy White and I make our first stop at Alabaster Caverns, Oklahoma on the way to the National Speleological Society "Bat Ball" for New Year's Eve.

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Defiance Cave Preserve-Our First Visit

Mike and I and several caving friends (Patricia Malone, Layla Borgens, Dan Sullivan, LP Lawrence and Ken Headrick) visited Cave of the Clouds today.  There is a possibility that the land owner may want to sell the property and we were curious to check it out and discuss making an offer on it.
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Cave Hunting-H & J

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Bat Show at Denver Museum of Science and Nature 2016

Autumn and I had a chance to see Rob Mies of the Organization for Bat Conservation today. Lots of cool bats. I especially enjoyed seeing the technology for studying bat calls. Try to catch him next time he's in town!



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