MAKC Proposal to Open Caves in 2010

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hall Cave Collecting

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Once our MAKC bat counting crew discovered White Nose Syndrome in Hall Cave, the conservancy immediately contacted Greg Turner of the Pennsylvania Game Commission to document a new site and a new county for WNS. Within four days Greg and researchers from Bucknell University returned with Kerry Speelman and Mike Kern to document and verify the outbreak. Read More

Hall Cave Struck With White Nose Syndrome

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC) regrets to announce that the hibernating bats at its Hall Cave Preserve in Huntingdon County have become the latest population to be impacted by White Nose Syndrome (WNS). White Nose Syndrome is a fungus first noted in 2006 in upstate New York, and has been associated with the deaths of over 1,000,000 bats in the northeastern United States. Read More

Hall Cave Bat Count

Friday, March 2, 2012
Mike Schirato and Kaleb Hammond performed a bat count at the MAKC’s Hall Cave Preseve. Upon arrival we cleaned up some limbs along the access road up to the cave. Overall things looked good. There is some unstable rock at the cave entrance and dirt eroding into the entrance is slowly starting to choke off the entrance. We may need to do some entrance work in the next few years. Once inside the cave things looked good. There were lots of bat this year. There were nearly 50 in the register room alone. Overall we counted approximately 486 bats. This is up significantly from the previous year and the highest number on record. Over all the bats looked healthy and no signs of WNS. One bat did appear to be injured. Read More

Hall Cave Paid Off

Sunday, January 21, 2001
Fund raising for our Hall Cave Preserve slowed a bit since our initial efforts after acquiring the cave in October of 1998. Donations kept trickling in, but not at the enthusiastic pace at the outset of the acquisition. Read More