Jester Bat Count 2008

Date: Sat. Mar. 1, 2008
Location: Jester Cave Complex - SW Oklahoma
Reason: Annual Oklahoma Bat Population Count
COG (Central Oklahoma Grotto) Participants: Duane Del Vecchio, John Talbot, Lil Town, John and JT VanDyke, and guest Dave McDermott

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March 1st, 2008 - 2 weeks late due to bad weather A guest of D's - Meet Dave Lil came along...
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So did JT... And John and John... It was a great 65 when we started and up to 80 when done today!
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John waves from the resurgence room Dave is asking... what did you get me into?? A scale drawing of Oklahoma Cave Bat (myotis velifer) weggied into a crack.
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A few comparisons on the size of these little guys. They can be solo or in a group (called a mat). One person (John) takes notes while others count.
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Looks like JT got a critter that's not a bat! Saved him from being stepped on.. looked, then returned him to the water. Jester is known for it's velifer mats.
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Saw a lot of dead bats this year in the water... 16 in a row in one section... very strange! We always see this frog (different frog) on this rock every year! Going into pip hall - it's typically warmer up this hall.
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This is a pip (pipistrellus subflavus). They are smaller than myotis, and a bit more reddish. At the end of pip hall, we all take a break. Don't get too close to the guy with the flash or you'll be blinded!
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We did see a disturbing thing... this row of like popcorn... was chiseled off of the cave ceiling. And it was fresh! Not a long ago scar. Not only against the law, but what looks pretty in a cave, is rather dull in real light.
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Head on pip! On our way out, the bats started getting active So we started to boogie on out!
                                                              

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