Carroll Cave Reports Blog

1/10/2015 – Annual Stream logger download trip

Trip date:  10 January 2015 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Service the data loggers Areas of Cave visited:  Upstream Thunder Trip participants:  Austin Toler, Jack Peters, Grace Welch, Roger Preston, Cliff Gill Entry Time:  10:00am Exit Time:  3:30pm The trip report:  This is the annual trip to download all of the stream flow data loggers in the cave.  Once a year I have to download all of them together so I can generate the full-year graphs. Everyone met at the silo at 9:00am.  Jack and I drove down and arrived quite early.  We had to use a propane heater to thaw the keysafe.  The entire inside of the silo was covered in frost.  Once we had the keysafe defrosted, we opened the hatch to the cave.  The airflow was quite strong and within 10 minutes or so the frost had all melted.  Of course, that made a wet mess on the floor including a patch of ice just inside the silo door. I rigged the rope, then got out my laptop and serviced the rain gauge logger.  It downloaded with...

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10/25/2014 – Annual Bat Census

Trip Leader name:  Bill Gee Trip date:  25 October 2014 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Annual Bat Census Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  Bill Gee - Ethan Haslag - Keith Markworth - Ben Porter Entry Time:  9:45am Exit Time:  6:30pm The trip report:  This trip is the annual bat census and biology survey that we do every year around the end of October.  I drove down Friday after work and camped at the schoolhouse.  Everyone else arrived Saturday morning. Jarrett Ellis was going to participate in the trip.  He arrived at the schoolhouse about 8:45 and parked on the road.  When we left to go to the silo, his truck would not start.  The starter had failed.  Jarrett had to back out of the trip so he could get his truck fixed.  Fortunately Sheri McKnight was there and able to give Jarrett a ride back to his house in Richland.  After we left the cave we saw that Jarrett's truck was gone.  I heard from him later in an email saying that a replacement...

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7/26/2014 – CCC Annual Members Meeting

Minutes of the Members Meeting of The Carroll Cave Conservancy held 10:00 a.m. Saturday July 26th, 2014 at the Mid-County Fire Protection District Fire Station Camdenton, Missouri. Present at meeting: Bill Gee, President, Joe Sikorski, Vice President, Jim Cooley, Secretary, and Jeff Page, Treasurer. Members: Krista Bartel, Spike Crews, Jarrett Ellis, Jamie Euliss, DJ Hall, Jim Helwig, Chad Hines, Craig Hines, Rick Hines, Andy Isbell, Bob Lerch, Kirsten Alvey-Mudd, Jim Mudd, Jack Peters,  Kerry Rowland, Joe Sikorski, Terry Sherman, Nathan Taylor, and Rita Worden. Bill Gee called the meeting to order 10:08.  Gee presented the agenda on the overhead, and stated that there were two main items to address at this meeting: Updating the by-laws, and officer elections.  These items would come at the end of the meeting, after committee reports. Minutes of the last meeting were approved as posted on the website.  Thanks to Jeff Page for stepping up and taking the minutes at...

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Fish photography

Trip Report - Fish photography 27 July 2014 Trip permit number = 1407-1 Several months ago I was introduced to Bob Hrabik by both David Ashley and Shelly Colatskie.  Bob is working on a revision of the book "The Fishes of Missouri".  Among his goals are to get really good photographs of every species of fish found in Missouri.  He has teamed up with Lance Merry who is a professional wildlife photographer. Bob and Lance have worked out a system for small fish (up to about 10 or 11 inches length) which immobilizes the fish while Lance takes photos.  In some cases the fish is euthanized and saved for a museum specimen.  Their gear is a bit wieldy and not suitable for use in a cave.  Among other things, they have a glass tank which breaks too easily to be compatible with caving. For the Southern Cavefish found in Carroll Cave, we agreed that the fish would not be euthanized.  They would be photographed live and then returned to the cave.  After much discussion about dates and procedures,...

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6/2/2014 – Annual biology field trip

Trip date:  2 June 2014 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Dr. Ashley student trip Areas of Cave visited:  Convention Hall Trip participants:  Bill Gee - David Ashley - Students (see report) Entry Time:  10:00am Exit Time:  5:30pm The trip report:  Participants - Bill Gee (trip leader) David Ashley Students:      Rebecca Tipton Shivani Parikh Andrew Para Arjun Bajaj This was the annual Carroll Cave trip for Dr. Ashley and his Ozark Cave Biology students.  I drove down Friday night and camped at the schoolhouse.  Dr. Ashley and his students arrived at 8:45.  After introductions and quick visits to the skycrapper, we all drove up the hill. Everyone geared up.  The first person down the shaft was Andrew at about 10:00am.  We were all in the cave by 10:30.  Rebecca got her hair caught in her rappel rack but managed to clear the situation on her own. I gave a quick demonstration of the data loggers by downloading the barometric pressure logger at the ladder.  While everyone else...

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3/23/2014 – 20 mile survey milestone reached!

After 12 long, hard years we reached 20 miles of estimated passage length this past weekend in Carroll with 105,667.0 ft (20.01 miles) of included survey length. The milestone was reached in DL7-L2, which is the lengthy south fork of DL7. The cave was nice walking passage with a large room near the 20-mile mark. Thanks to everybody that made this possible; it’s been a slow, but rewarding grind… Bob

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02/15/2014 – Bio survey upper Thunder River

Trip date:  15 February 2014 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Bio survey upper Thunder River Areas of Cave visited:  Upstream beyond Round Room Trip participants:  Bill Gee, Kyle Lewis, Nathan Taylor, Meghan Gallo, Derek Thompson, Kayla Sapkota Entry Time:  10:00am Exit Time:  7:30pm The trip report:  It has been several years since the last biology baseline survey in the far reaches of upper Thunder River.  Getting through the breakdown pile at the "mapped end" is a challenge, as Jim Cooley discovered a few years ago. I drove down Friday after work and camped at the schoolhouse.  Nathan also came down Friday night, arriving around 9:00 pm.  When we got up Saturday morning, the Weather Service reported 12 degrees in Osage Beach.  It was cold!  Fortunately the roads and fields were dry, so getting up the hill was not a problem.  There was almost no snow on the ground. I went up the hill about 8:00 am to open the cave and get the rope rigged.  It is a good thing I had a...

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2013 Stream Flow Project Report

The stream flow data from full year 2013 is now collected and graphed.  The attached ZIP file contains all of the raw data in TXT format plus PDF graphs of each major data set.  If anyone has HoboWare Plus (not a free program) and wants the true raw data, let me know and I will send it out. There was one major flood event in 2013.  In early August the area received almost 18 inches of rain in just a few days.  As expected the stream levels in the cave rose quite rapidly.  The rain began on August second and continued through August 9.  The silo rain gauge recorded 17.88 inches of rain in this period. Thunder River started rising about noon on August 5.  After a brief peak just over 3 feet and a bit of decline, the serious flooding started in the early morning of August 7.  By 3:00pm on August 7 the level was over 17 feet.  There were a few minor fluctuations, with the peak of 18.6 feet occurring at 6:00pm on August 8.  It stayed at that level for about two days, then on August 10 it...

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1/11/2014 – Data logger service trip

Trip date:  11 January 2014 Project manager:  Bill Gee Trip purpose:  Data logger service Areas of Cave visited:  CarrollPassage Trip participants:  Jarrett Ellis, Cliff Gill, Andy Smith Entry Time:  10:00am Exit Time:  2:30pm The trip report:  Every year I run a short trip in Carroll Cave to service all of the data loggers.  The purpose is to visit every data logger in the cave.  Every logger is downloaded.  The rain gauge logger on the silo gets a new battery.  The data gathered on this trip is combined with data gathered throughout the year to create a full-year graph of the stream levels and rain events. Andy Smith and I drove down Saturday morning.  We were substantially early, so we went first to the natural entrance.  No dead bats were found.  The stream seemed to be about its normal level.  The rebar gate does not show any obvious breech.  The "No Trespassing" sign is gone. We drove back to the silo, arriving about 8:30am.  The area was under flood watch from Friday night. ...

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