About 35 paddlers saw bats as the sun set over Banks Lake.
Thanks to WWALS Outings Committee Chair and Board Member Bobby McKenzie, for organizing and leading this outing.
The moon hid behind clouds, but some of us saw a little gator as we started out. I think Helen Crowley spotted it.
Here’s a video:
The sun set golden.
Clouds moved east.
The bats were swarming out of trees, this one a few feet off the water.
My phone didn’t record their sound, but it was a loud out-of-tune chorus of skree. Here’s a video.
The clouds obscured the moon, but everybody had a good time.
Jim Raison came to photograph for the Lanier County News.
Special guest Turtleman Chris Adams got a photograph of bats inside a tree, and identified them as Little Brown Bats, Myotis lucifugus. He also told us many stories of native plants and animals. Shirley Kokidko and friends convinced him to come.
We’ll know the exact number of sunset paddlers when we count the sign-in forms. Several people became members and several got kayak raffle tickets, both there and online before, while others paid the $10 per person non-member outings fee on the treestump. Thanks to all of you, that helps with WWALS outings, events, and programs!
If you missed this one, come back next month: we do this most every full moon, weather permitting.
The volunteers at Banks Lake Outpost say they will paddle with us next full moon.
And don’t forget next Saturday, Naylor Boat Ramp Out and Back, Alapaha River 2020-06-13.
Plenty of room back at Banks Lake Boat Ramp.
There are more pictures on the WWALS website.
See also facebook posts by
Bobby McKenzie, who led this outing for WWALS
“It was an awesome turnout at Banks Lake Full Strawberry Moon paddle last night! The moon couldn’t break through the clouds but great sunset and connection with nature!”
- Helen Crowley
“Sunset at Banks Lake”
- Turtleman Chris Adams
“I spent a wonderful evening on Banks Lake with some great folks I call friends. We went for the WWALS moonlight paddle, alas the clouds weren’t having that. The sunset was stunning in itself though! What really made my trip was Shirley taking us to a “bat tree” to watch the emergence. If I’ve ever displayed childlike joy, it was paddling up to that tree and having literally hundreds of bats wiz and swoop past my ears! They spilled from each opening in every direction. The hollow old cypress tree in open water had created the perfect place for these Little Brown Bats (Myotis lucifugus) to take up residence. This is not the only “bat tree” as there are several at various spots on the lake.”
- Julie Bowland
“Thanks for a fun paddle! At least we had a Strawberry sunset.”
- and probably many others.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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