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Biology trip reports and stats

24 October 2020 Bat Census Trip Report

Participants: – Bill Gee (trip leader)
Seth Colston
Kristen Godfrey
Isaac Smith
Vona Kuczynska
Jeanette Bailey

Time in – 10:20 a.m.
Time Out – 8:20 p.m.

This is the annual bat census trip that we run in October every year. This year we had some extra tasks and special participants. Vona is a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who specializes in grey bats, and Jeanette is a biologist with Missouri Department of Conservation specializing in bat ecology. I was very please that both were able to make this trip. read more

8 Feb 2020 Bat Census Trip Report

Biology Project Trip Report

Date of trip – 8 February 2020

Participants – Bill Gee (trip leader)
Seth Colston
Kristen Godfrey
Hou Zhong
Morgan Carson

Time in – 9:40am
Time out – 7:10pm

Areas visited – Carroll Passage to the Mountain Room

The normal annual bat census trip in Carroll Cave is run in late October. Last year (2019) the trip almost did not go due to lack of participation. We wound up doing a partial trip with only three people. That trip only went as far as the Lunch Room. We documented the state of the guano gauges but did not get to count any bats. read more

26 October 2019 Bat Census

Areas Visited – Carroll Passage to the Lunch Room

Time In – 9:30am
Time Out – 2:00pm

Participants – Bill Gee (trip leader)
Seth Colston
Hou Zhong

Permit number 1910-1

This was supposed to be our annual bat census trip where we count bats from the Lunch Room to the Mountain Room. One of the participants dropped out very early Saturday morning, leaving us no time to recruit a replacement. read more

Joshua Mouser masters thesis

In the spring of 2017 Bill Gee led three trips into Carroll Cave. Joshua Mouser was working on a masters project at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, doing eDNA data collection and analysis. He has completed his thesis paper and earned his Master of Science degree.

The complete paper is attached below as a PDF file. It is 130 pages of pretty dense reading! read more

Southern blind cave fish video

Long-time Carroll Cave explorer DJ Hall put together a 5 minute YouTube video regarding the southern blind cave fish. All of the footage was shot in Carroll Cave. About half of it was taken underwater and shows cave fish in action. There are also some very nice scenes of rimstone dam (the Angel Pool formation) and soda straws.