Jan. 9, 2013 —
The park and its staff also has made other efforts to give the endangered bats a place to hibernate. By closing winter tours to Salt Petre Cave, the bat count went from 400 to 7,000 in just six years. These animals are very easily disturbed and in closing the cave to winter tours they were able to see this 6,600 increase.
Perry urges local Eastern Kentucky residents to take part in this event, or just come and visit to prepare for next year. In years past more than 90 percent of the participants are from out of the area. He also wants locals to know the park is open to everyone. You do not have to rent a cottage, a room or camp to be able to participate.
Perry wants readers to know it is not a typical Crawlathon, yet you still get to do some “on your belly crawling.” In efforts to keep the white nose syndrome risk low, cavers will be limited to one wild cave trip for this year's event.
Visit www.winteradventureweekend.com or call 1-800-325-0059 to register or if you just have any questions. All participants must register online at this site. The nonrefundable fee for adults (age 13 and older) is $30, and the nonrefundable fee for children ages 6-12 is $20. Some of the trips have additional fees. The event list includes rock climbing, tree climbing, camp fire cooking and survival, just to name a few. Step out and take advantage of the beauty in our back yard.