have their pros and cons but are best when used
A bat detector can provide an
overview of what species are using the
area and coupled with mist netting or harp trapping, you can determine
the sex, age, and reproductive condition of those species.
(outside Eclipse Cave)
During the next week, Ben and I plotted (no pun intended) our first
survey trip into Eclipse Cave. Of course, after our first trip, we
didn’t know we’d been in Eclipse Cave; the owner didn’t know its name,
and we could only get a GPS reading by standing in Troy’s driveway.
When we got home, though, we promptly emailed our
caving pals the
coordinates and a description, and before long Tony Groves replied that
it sounded like Eclipse Cave – very near our coordinates, and he and
others had visited it last year! It was first explored and named by Dan
McDowell, of Dunbar Cave fame, he said – but by all accounts, it had
never been surveyed, and we were eager for the opportunity!
On Sunday morning, we met up with Charles Blakeway, and headed to
Troy’s house, where we chatted over