Jester Bat Count 2018

Jester Bat Count 2018 Totals
Myotis
Tri-Color
Big Ear Brown
Totals
19,106
64
6
19,176

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Saturday, February 2, 2018 - Jester Cave Bat Count by C.O.G.

Participants: Duane Del Vecchio, Melynda Hickman, Andrew & John VanDyke



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We met a bit later... 11 a.m. as Duane drives way from Ft. Worth to get here. This is Andrew's first bat count (John's son) and he was ready to go. As Duane and John arrived about 30 minutes early, they decided to get Train Tunnel out of the way.
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Lots of wash at the entrance and a big ol' dead tree!! Lots of debris in the cave passage also and very muddy! Right off the bat we saw a couple of Big Ear Browns and cave crickets
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and a few cave myotis. Everyone looked quite healthy! Even though it has not rained in months...
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We found evidence of a great flood since last bat count... water everywhere... and water where we usually don't have any. Train tunnel complete... now to pick up our guest Mel. Melynda Hickman joined us from the OK Dept. of Wildlife Conservation and is with the non-game division. She works in western OK.
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This coyote was a new guardian to the road to the resurgence. We had our normal small clusters near the entrance just out of twilight zone. These guys all look OK but we have the full size pictures available for scientists to really look at them for any signs of disease.
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Too many to count Andrew... we'll make that our first mat and get the packing density. The packing density was low this year for this area of the cave. Plus it did not seem that there were as many mats compared to last year. But we did note something a bit odd compared to past years...
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The mat groups were long and narrow... and tended to really go into the cracks of the cave this year. don't know what is up with that...
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They were even in areas really tight... hard to count them in those spots! But we didn't see anything out of the ordinary with these bats.... (other than they were weggie bats this year)
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My hand for a comparison in size. John was our recorder and took out counts as we progressed though the cave. We hit Pip Hall ... here we usually find lots of Tricolor bats (they used to be called Pips)
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A lot of them had dew on them... It was warmer and more humid in this area too. Something you don't always see... a pair of pips.... err... tricolor. This one only had dew on one side of his body...think you can tell where the air currents are moving??
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Then down the hallway These next pictures are some of the bats that we swabbed. We swabbed 10 tricolor in this area to check for WNS moving into this area.
  

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