Lauderdale County, Alabama
Gate Type: FLYOVER
Bat Cave was a difficult project, situated approximately 2/3 up a 200′ bluff overlooking a lake. All equipment and materials had to be guided down an unclimbable slope by caver employees while on rappel. To complicate matters, the gate needed to have an opening at the top, which meant some removal of rock slabs blocking that part of the entrance. Bat Cave was the former home of over 50,000 federally Endangered gray bats (Myotis grisescens), but human disturbance has caused the majority of those to abandon their roost. Recent counts have shown that the populations have dropped to merely hundreds. All photos © Jim Kennedy.
Bat Cave was a challenging project located on a 200′ bluff overlooking a lake, where over 50,000 federally endangered gray bats (Myotis grisescens) used to call home. The project required caver employees to guide all equipment and materials down an unclimbable slope while on rappel to install a gate with an opening at the top. Due to human disturbance, the bat population has significantly declined to merely hundreds. All photos © Jim Kennedy.