NW Oklahoma Bat Count 2009


 

Saturday - February 21, 2009 - The 3rd Saturday of February - on the average, the coldest weekend for an Oklahoma winter. It was pretty cool (low 30's with a great big northern wind chill!) Members of the Central Oklahoma Grotto (COG) get together at the Selman Cave Complex to do a bat count.

Members Present: Dale Amlee, Anne Ault, John and Sue Bozeman, Duane Del Vecchio, Becky Hunsinger, Dave McDermott, and Jon Waltz.

We split into two teams with each team doing different arms of the cave system. This web page deals with the entrances Square Sink, Skylight, and Ooh Ahh and all connecting passages as that's what part of the cave Duane was taking part with! <grin>

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Well...we had a surprise on the parking area... looks like they had to re-drill into the well! Pretty impressive piece of equipment Gives you an ideal of how cold it was...we are dressed for cold wet cave...
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... and we're still hiding in our cars until all were ready!! But the engineer guy (Dale A) had to have a go look n' see! Then we headed out over the prairie! I think the lawn mower broke here!
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We split into two teams of four - Sue, Becky, Jon, and Dale went into this hole! See y'all later! Square Sink - Hard as heck to get out of so we'll just sorta slide into it!
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You heard of Catfish Noodling? Here John is Bat Noodling! (Actually he dropped his pencil into a hole and got it out!) A Big Brown Bat... compare it to the next picture of a common cave myotis. We get excited when we can find a few of these! A myotis velifer ...common cave bat. Not as silky hair as the big brown.
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That's where the big brown was hiding... definitely out of the way!! Finally we got to White Mountain and the mats (though smaller than previous years) appeared. Usually it is hard to see any rock around this area as it is very covered by the mats of bats
 

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Last updated: 2/23/09