Jester Cave Bat Count 2013


   

Time for the annual bat count at Jester Cave... today is Feb. 16, 2013... a cool day...bordering on cold but supposed to be 60 degrees in the latter part of the day. Participants in today's Central Oklahoma Grotto (COG) count are: Duane Del Vecchio, Dave McDermott, Dale & Carol Town, and John and J.T. VanDyke.

Final totals: Myotis - 11,210 Pips - 24 Big Ear - 9
Yes... rather dismal we must say... sigh...

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We found this on the start of the dirt road that leads to the cave... guess the locals needed a landmark! They had a rather large snowfall here about a week ago and it's been cool enough for it to stick around... but it was also muddy than muddy!!
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Hope we don't track any mud in the cave... make it dirty!! <grin> We got our gear together in the Jess James room Some came prepared... let's start!!
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Scrambling over snow boulders Whoa...it's dark in there! Almost right away we were finding bats... and they were really crammed together...
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and in the tightest places... But we're not here just to count them... (that's 1 by the way!) but also look them over for any signs of disease...
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in particular... White Nose Syndrome (WNS). But it was way too warm and dry in the cave for WNS to be present... but we're going to make sure just in case...
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as these pictures will be given to bat experts here in Oklahoma to look in detail for anything we may have missed. He looks pretty clean!! We did see a lot of ear parasites this year!
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We went into pip hall where it was a lot warmer... but saw only one myotis.... and three pips....
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Duane had a new humidity/temperature gadget for readings... the dome room was very warm and high humidity! Yet 20 feet back on the floor over the "dry" stream bed it was mid 40's and 55% We did have a long ear in the resurgence tunnels... not common at all!!
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We left and went into the Glade entrance...a tree had fallen down and blocked the entrance...John is trying to get in. Meanwhile D, Dave, and J.T. went down the cliff to Homestead entrance to see if any long ears were down there... They really like this area... don't know why...
   

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