April showers bring more than just flowers at War Eagle Cavern.
War Cagle Cavern is a living cave meaning it’s still being formed every day. In the spring after it rains, it’s something you can see yourself. The day after rain, water features are enhanced across the cavern, but water isn’t the only feature enhanced this time of year.
Hundreds of bats come out of hibernation from March through April. The small, brown bats are just waking up and some have been in the same spot they’re in since November. Dennis Boyer is no stranger to the bats. Owning War Eagle Cavern, he’s pretty familiar with what he calls the “cute little guys.” He says at this time of year, you can get a closer look at the bats.
Boyer says, “Our bats are just coming out of hibernation in there. We open the first part of March and in March on through April, we’re going to see literally hundreds of bats yet still coming out of hibernation.” He adds, “They’re just sleeping up on the ceiling on there and we can literally get eyeball to eyeball almost with the bats. In fact, early Spring we have to tell people because they’re over the tops of our trails, duck your head a little bit, you’re going to brush against a hibernating, or sleeping bat on there.”
Boyer says after they wake up, the male bats will leave and the female bats will go deeper into the caves to give birth to babies. The baby bats are born just a little while after and around the Fourth of July, they’ll take off on their own.