MAKC Attends Blairsvilles Knotweed Festival

Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Kim Metzgar Read More

One Voice In Book Format

Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Kim Metzgar Read More

Summer Billy Clay Work Weekend

Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Walt Hamm Read More

Sid Perou Pens Book

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Sid Perou: 30 Years as an Adventure Cameraman. Book 1. Light into the Darkness. Includes 45 minute DVD of video clips. Read More

Fern Cave: Alabama’s Great Cave

Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Kim Metzgar Read More

Nice Apps For Smart Phones

Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Dave Field Read More

2014 Cave Closings

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
On three consecutive weekends volunteers from the Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy closed Coon Cave, Lemon Hole and Barton Cave for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as specified in our closure proposal for 2014. Read More

Library Books Catalogued

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Cataloguing all of the books in the MAKC library was a challenge, a time-consuming challenge. If anyone has a specific research need, let us know. Read More

Billy Clay Work Weekend

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
In August of 2014, a number of MAKC members, board members and volunteers took part in a project to re-do the parking lot at the Billy Clay Pit Preserve, one of our owned preserves, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Board member Dave Field is part owner of a farmhouse less than an hour away, and several of us stayed there the night before, including Dave, Mike Kern, and Carl Pierce. Other volunteers met us at the cave parking area the next day, including Walt Hamm, Jon Hamm and Jeff Jahn.  Read More

Hall Cave Bat Numbers Dwindling

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
This past winter, as we do every year, MAKC members do a bat count in Hall Cave, our first preserve. The first time the cave was counted for bats was in 1985, by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Census records show the PGC counted the bats again in 2000. Those totals were 35 and 143, respectively. For 1985 there were 15 eastern pipistrelles and 13 little browns; one big brown bat and one northern long-eared bat. The next time there were 32 eastern pipistrelles, 107 little browns and four northern long-eared bats. Read More

Brick Project Progressing

Monday, January 6, 2014
MAKC is raising money for its library and education center in Blairsville by giving cavers the opportunity to buy a brick in honor of or memory of a friend, family member, favorite pet, loved one, grotto, or cave. We have had many benefactors thus far from all over the place. Board member Jeff Jahn has spearheaded this effort. Read More

The Story: Devastated bat population means more pests in Beaver County

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
By Evan Witek and Amanda King Read More

Convention Raffle Winners 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
 MAKC Convention raffle winners:The MAKC decided to raffle off various prizes daily at the 2012 NSS Convention. Read More

MAKC Receives Statewide Honor

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
 I received a call January 10 from Marci Mowery, the president of The Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation. The foundation recognizes outstanding service, programs and places which remind us of the exemplary work being done in parks and forests, by both staff and volunteers, to improve Pennsylvania’s quality of life and to protect our natural assets for future generations. She informed me that the MAKC has received the statewide award for Volunteerism. This award is one of four in this category, which is given for recognition of achievements made by PPFF chapters, individuals or volunteer groups. Awardees are chosen from all nominations by a PPFF committee made up of PPFF board and non-board members. We were nominated by Aura Stauffer and Ed Callahan of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Read More

Barbara Schomer, NSS 18003 FE August 8, 1942- November 2, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
NSS Fellow and Life Member Barbara Schomer died November 2, 2011 after a year long battle with cancer. Barbara started caving in the early 1970s with Norm Snyder and the American Youth Hostel chapter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Norm led hard, bare bones, beginner trips and was surprised when Barbara kept coming back. Her desire for more adventurous trips led her to the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh and her first vertical trip, Cass Cave, West Virginia. About this time, she also joined the Pittsburgh Grotto and by 1981 was helping with the organization of the 1982 Costa Rica Expedition. Barbara was always one to pitch in and when the expedition’s operations person started sleeping late, Barbara took over organizing the day’s tasks so that everyone had an assignment. On the expedition she met her future husband, Bru Randall, and the two began caving together. Barbara edited the Pittsburgh Grotto’s NETHERWORLD NEWS for several years, but preferred caving to writing about it. She led beginner trips, helped organize, and teach, vertical classes, grotto open houses, and joint trips with the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh. She participated in several grotto survey projects, Askon Hollow in Pennsylvania and Twin Columns and Overholts Blowing, in West Virginia. Barbara also surveyed in the Central Kentucky Karst Coalition’s Roppel Cave and transitioned to the Cave Research Foundation survey of Mammoth Cave when Roppel was connected. Barbara’s American caving also included trips to TAG, the alpine karst of Wyoming, and the lava tubes of Hawaii. Read More

Virginia is for Cave Lovers

Friday, August 12, 2011
The MAKC decided to hold its August meeting in Virginia for the second year in a row. Board member Jeff Jahn is from Front Royal Virginia, and the MAKC’s most recent cave lease is Rogers Belmont Cave near Front Royal. The year previously the board met and visited the property. The terms of the lease for Rogers Belmont Cave, once a very popular cave for Virginia and D.C. area cavers, include MAKC (via Front Royal Grotto) finding a new entrance to connect to the main cave. Basically, the cave had been closed because the owners were bothered by cavers visiting the entrance essentially in their backyard. It became a nuisance, and as a result, it was filled in/blasted shut. Read More

NSS President Visits MAKC Library

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
On a hot June day, when we had scheduled a front door replacement project at the MAKC library, we were pleased to be visited by NSS President Gordon Birkhimer. Gordon, who was in the area visiting family members and friends, not only stopped by for a visit, but he quickly lent a hand. Read More

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

Cave Register Program

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Pennsylvania cave register program, a part of the NSS Contemporary Cave Use Study (CCUS) is back on track. MAKC has serviced and installed replacement registers (where needed) in a number of Western Pennsylvania Caves. Read More

Question: What Does It Take To Make MAKC? Answer: You!

Friday, October 1, 2010
The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy, Inc., is approaching its fourteenth year, and thanks to you, our members, we are able to conserve caves, do caving projects, open up closed caves, collect caving memorabilia and books to preserve and share, hold events, and much more. Read More

Harlansburg Connection Surveyed

Saturday, July 17, 2010
JUNE 12, 2010 Read More

White Nose Program Well Attended

Friday, April 30, 2010
 Nearly 30 people attended a special presentation given by Greg Turner of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Aura Stauffer of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on Thursday, April 30, at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe. Kim Metzgar of the Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy arranged the presentation. Read More

MAKC Hosted Educational Program On WNS

Friday, April 30, 2010
The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy, Pennsylvania Game Commission and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources hosted a program on White Nose Syndrome, a mysterious fungus which is killing hundreds of thousands of bats in the northeastern United States. It was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe. Information about WNS and cave closures were discussed. The program was free and open to the public. Lisa Hall, the Director of Cave Studies at Laurel Caverns, Fayette County, attended to discuss how the caverns management will be handling visitation for 2009. Read More

Using Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) To Find Potential Cave Areas

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
A new technique using remote sensing to find potential caves has recently become available on the internet. The technique is call Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR. LiDAR is an optical technology that uses the properties of scattered light to find the range to, or other properties of, a distant object. Like radar, which uses radio waves, LiDAR uses measurement of the time delay between when a pulse is sent to an object, and when the reflection is detected. Basically, this is the same technology that the military uses to find the range to a target, or that gets you a speeding ticket when the State Police have you in their crosshairs. Read More

Obituary John A. (Jack) Stellmack

Friday, February 26, 2010
Jack Stellmack, 83, of State College, died Friday, February 26th, at the Mount Nittany Medical Center. Read More

MAKC Caves To Reopen In 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy was established by Western Pennsylvania cavers in 1997 for the following: Read More

MAKC Benefits From Trail Mapping Project

Monday, October 19, 2009
A good project for a non-caving year is a surface map. An even better project is a mapping project that we get paid for. The MAKC had the benefit, in this non-caving year (we hope our last), of being asked to do a surface map of hiking trails on the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, where I work. There are no caves on the preserve, but we were able to map the surface trails in a weekend project. A grant paid for our services. Our volunteers, Allison Comfort, Kerry Speelman, Mike Kern, the Metzgars, John L. Long, and Mike Schirato, made contributions to the MAKC totalling more than $750, after travel and meal expenses were paid for through the grant. As a bonus, the volunteers’ names are listed on the map as well as the MAKC website. The trail map and descriptions will also be on the nature reserve’s website: wpnr.org. Winnie Palmer, for those who do not know, is the late first wife of Latrobe golfing great Arnie Palmer. Read More

Harlansburg Map Up To Date

Saturday, October 3, 2009
During this non-caving year, among other things, I have gotten caught up on the computer end of drawing up the Harlansburg Cave map. It’s not up to two miles yet, but is close. The most important discovery on the last few mapping trips was that we have actually mapped part of the under the road connection, definitely proving that the north side and the south side connect. Well, you may notice that the map does not actually show the passages connecting, but the survey crew of Mike Schirato, Caleb Hammond and I definitely knew when we were surveying under the road from the rumble and vibrations of the vehicles traveling above ground, not far above us. Read More

House Projects Completed

Thursday, October 1, 2009
I wanted to take a few minutes to thank all the volunteers we had this past (August work) weekend for their help and participation. Read More

History Behind The Library Purchase

Saturday, May 2, 2009
The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy has tossed around the idea of a headquarters for a number of years, ever since we’ve been given donations of books, slides and other material to develop an archive of caving in our region. Available space at the various members’ homes where the items are now stored is at a minimum, and MAKC equipment and donations are everywhere from Renick, West Virginia, where John Pearson is storing our pressure washer; to Cambridge Springs, Pa., where Phil Gowaty and Sue Moore store financial records; to Monroeville, Pa., where Paul Damon, Sr., is storing books and slides of the Frank Mielcarek Collection; to Derry, Pa., where the Metzgars are storing the tarp and many of the sales items (Phil and Sue have sales items, too). The Metzgars also have two map cabinets donated to MAKC by former board member John Shero. One is full of a complete set of Pennsylvania topographic maps, donated by John Pearson. The other is full of Kim Metzgar’s cave map collection, to be donated to MAKC. Bruce Sundquist, better known as the author of numerous hiking trail guides, and who used to cave with Sierra Club, recently donated his old caving equipment to us. We also received a recent donation of a large format map digitizer from the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, which is being stored by Jeff Jahn of Front Royal, Va. Read More

MAKC Gives Trail Mapping Talk

Saturday, March 21, 2009
Kim Metzgar, Tom Metzgar, Kerry Speelman and Mark Lancaster of the Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy gave a talk on trail mapping on Saturday, March 21, the final day of a three-day conference held by the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators at Lake Raystown Resort and Conference Center, Entricken. Read More

Dale R. Ibberson: Caver, Conservationist, Historian

Monday, March 2, 2009
Dale R. Ibberson died on March 2, 2009, just a few days after hosing his MAR after-meeting party at his home in Harrisburg. I first met Dale at a Pennsylvania Cave Conservancy meeting in Northampton, PA, in the early 1980s. I had a small recipe box of cave postcards that Dale asked to look at. Dale told me which ones were valuable and which ones were junk. Over the next 25 years, Dale taught me everything there was to know about cave collecting and research. Read More

MAKC Featured In Johnstown Magazine

Monday, December 1, 2008
The MAKC was mentioned in a cover story article appearing in Johnstown Magazine this summer. Writer Gerry Stanek had emailed our info@karst.org account, which then-Chairman Kerry Speelman forwarded to the conservancy board. Stanek’s email inquiry to the board indicated he wanted to portray caving as an exciting adventure sport, alongside with other sports such as skydiving and whitewater rafting. Read More

My Caving Adventure

Monday, December 1, 2008
So, I got to go caving on Saturday for the first time in a very long time, and it was wonderful. I had such a great time, why not blog about it. I still don’t understand the concept of blogs, what they are for, why people write them, who reads them, etc, BUT I’ll hop on the train anyway. Read More

MAKC, GAG Help Clean Up Schofer Cave

Monday, December 1, 2008
Thanks to the work of many cavers, including MAKC Board member Jeff Jahn, and life member Dean Snyder, the Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC) had the MAKC members’ event over the weekend of June 13-15, 2008 at Onyx Cave in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Like last year’s event at Strangford Cave (gated in 1993), this was the first caver access to Schofer Cave since 1994, when it was gated. Read More

Hesston Cave Access

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The owner/cave preserve manager shall be informed of all trips to the preserve. To obtain access please send an e-mail to KEScaver@hotmail.com requesting permission and the date and time of the proposedtrip. Multiple dates are also excepted if there is a conflict. Please provide the number of participants in the requests and the grotto involved. During the beginning of the cave season at the preserve in 2009, trips may include an MAKC board member or the owner. For the 2009 cave trips to Hesston Cave will be limited to one to two groups per month. Read More

Cleversburg Sink Ladder Replacement

Sunday, March 2, 2008
The Cleversburg ladder replacement occurred today at Cleversburg Sink. I along with about 8 others from the Franklin County Grotto were there. The ladder was pre-cut for assembly by Howard of the FCG. We all carried pieces of the ladder into the cave including 4-10 foot sections of wood. The ladder was assebled inside the first room prior to the ladder drop. It took about 3 hours to assemble and then positioning it to the drop was a challenge. The ladder weighed maybe 200 lbs or so once assembled. Read More

Mielcarek Family Donates Collection To MAKC

Friday, December 1, 2006
Longtime Pittsburgh Grotto caver Paul Damon, Sr. recalled many stories of caving with his friend Frank Mielcarek. Caving trips, conventions, MAR meets. And, Paul said, no matter where he encountered Frank, he always seemed to be carrying a camera. Read More

A Look Back At MAKC, Part II

Saturday, April 1, 2006
Volume 4, Number 1 Read More

A Look Back At MAKC Part I

Thursday, December 1, 2005
A summary of features from our newsletter, The Karst Chronicle.  Read More

MAKC Helping Provide 11 Bat Houses To Dawson Bat Project

Saturday, October 1, 2005
The town of Dawson in Fayette County, Pa., is nicely situated—it’s along the Youghiogheny River, not far from Connellsville, with a railroad running along the town side of the river. On summer nights, however, the town receives some guests its residents wish would go home after they’re done feasting­—thousands of bats. Read More

What Gives?

Saturday, October 1, 2005
MAKC hasn’t bought or leased any caves lately. What gives? Occasionally, but not often, people will stop in our booth and ask that question. It’s not that they’re complaining, mind you. The questions are usually posed by members wanting to know what the next project they can support will be. It’s actually a very positive statement. People are anxious for us to buy or lease or manage a new cave. But it isn’t always easy to find the right fit. It’s like that old saying: “You have to be at the right place at the right time.” Read More

Reprint Article 2003

Wednesday, January 8, 2003
Link to article appearing in the Beaver County Times. Read More

Merry Christmas cavers!

Friday, December 20, 2002
 The Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy (MAKC), a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania has leased Hesston Cave #1 and Hesston Cave #2 (Isett Ranch #1), Huntingdon County, Pa., on December 20, 2002. Hesston Cave was gated by the owner, Dan Denton, in 1994 and closed to cavers shortly thereafter due to vandalism in the cave by a group of college students who drove up in a college van and proceeded to spray paint the college logo in the cave. In addition, vandalism of speleothems and several situations of unauthorized visitation contributed to the closure. The owner has agreed to allow access once more for studies and documentation of the cave. Read More

Derry Township Land Protected

Friday, April 19, 2002
 Article from the Tribune-Review. Read More

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Buys 400 Acres Surrounding Bear Cave Parcel

Thursday, June 28, 2001
 By Kim Metzgar 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

National Speleological Society and Boy Scouts of America General Caving Policy

Thursday, October 19, 2000
General Caving Policy Read More

Laurel Caverns Map Completed

Monday, August 28, 2000
August 28, 2000. The average length of a trip from the living room couch to the fridge for a snack might be around 20 feet. Multiply that by 799 trips and you’ll have a little over 3 miles of trips. Now, imagine that on each and every 20 foot trip to the refrigerator you must  crawl under the coffee table, climb over the loveseat and then squirm through the dog door to get there.  Add complete darkness, a little mud, 55-degree temperatures, water and rock, and now you might get an idea of what cave surveyors do. Read More

Educational Kiosks

Wednesday, October 20, 1999
As part of its goal of public education, the MAKC has erected a number of kiosks at popular caves, including Bear Cave and Hall Cave. Each kiosk contains safe caving information as well as cave conservation information. Racks contain brochures for the MAKC, the NSS, and local grottos. MAKC also has a display at the visitor center at Laurel Caverns, courtesy of owner Dave Cale. Read More

Rose Point and Portersville Caves

Tuesday, October 19, 1999
One of the main purposes of our conservancy is to protect caves and karst areas so that they will be around for future generations. Sure, there are plenty of caves out there, even plenty of open caves now, but a look into our not-so-distant past reveals that there are many caves which were here not so long ago but they aren’t here now. This new series in our newsletter will take a look at some of these now-vanished caves, the history behind them, and tell the story of why they aren’t here, if we know the reason.  Read More

Ohnmacht Cave

Tuesday, October 19, 1999
(Editor’s Note: Dean H. Snyder, a fellow the NSS and winner of the Peter M. Hauer Spelean History Award, and MAKC member, recently completed : “The Hidden Green Diamond: A History of the Caves in Berks County, Pennsylvania.” The softcover book, with a perfect binding, contains 74 pages of history of the caves of Berks County, including Crystal Cave, the earliest commercial cave in Pennsylvania, and Onyx Cave, a former commercial cave. To order the book, at $15 per copy, plus $2 postage and handling, contact Dean at 3213 Fairland Dr., Schnecksville, Pa., 18078-2878, 610-799-5030. The excerpt below, reprinted with permission, contains the tale of Ohnmacht Cave, once a spectacular cave that is no longer here.) Read More

Common Caver Courtesy: Or the Impression We Leave With Flashlight Cavers

Tuesday, October 19, 1999
I got an e-mail a few months ago from someone whom I had met while he was out caving in a local wild cave with his wife. I answered some of their questions about the cave. No need to talk to them on gear since they were properly equipped. They had already found the cave on their own after a several hour search, had been caving in some of the larger caves out west and were very friendly. I sent them some info on caving and tried to establish a friendly rapport with them. Unfortunately, they subsequently ran into another group of organized cavers and had this encounter, which they e-mailed to me: Read More

Bubble Cave LLC

Monday, October 19, 1998
 In the fall of 1998, the day after we purchased Hall Cave, we found ourselves sitting in a lodge in Central Pennsylvania at the MAR Meet, hawking t-shirts and wondering how we would pay for the cave. People were incredibly friendly and we especially remembered a pair of cavers whom we had never met. They bought a few t-shirts, plied us with questions about our conservancy, our acquisition, and our plans. Read More

Exponent 0.97 Beta

Friday, February 15, 2008
We're finally putting the finishing touches on what appears to be a very promising release. Read More

YUI 2.5.1 Shipping with Exponent

Friday, February 15, 2008
YUI 2.5 was released in February this year.  This beta release of Exponent ships with the 2.5.1 version of YUI. Read More

Another News Post

Thursday, November 11, 2004
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MAKC Proposal to Open Caves in 2010

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
MISSION Read More

Bear Cave Woodrat Narrative 2007-09

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
By Joe Duchamp Read More

Award-Winning Cover Available As Signed, Limited Edition Print

Friday, March 2, 2012
 Charles Acklin’s painting of a scene in MAKC’s Billy Clay Pit won a green ribbon in the 2007 NSS Newsletter Cover Art Salon. Chuck, a life member from Utah and long-time member of Pittsburgh Grotto, has had 100 limited edition prints made of this now award-winning print. Each one is signed by the artist and numbered and suitable for framing. To order please send $20 per print, plus $5 shipping, to MAKC, P.O. Box 196, Murrysville, PA 15668, or log in to your PayPal account to reserve your copy. Read More

Award-Winning Cover Available As Signed, Limited Edition Print

Friday, March 2, 2012
 Charles Acklin’s painting of a scene in MAKC’s Billy Clay Pit won a green ribbon in the 2007 NSS Newsletter Cover Art Salon. Chuck, a life member from Utah and long-time member of Pittsburgh Grotto, has had 100 limited edition prints made of this now award-winning print. Each one is signed by the artist and numbered and suitable for framing. To order please send $20 per print, plus $5 shipping, to MAKC, P.O. Box 196, Murrysville, PA 15668, or log in to your PayPal account to reserve your copy. Read More

New Version of Climb Pennsylvania Available

Friday, March 2, 2012
The new, updated version of Climb Pennsylvania—expanded to 72 pages and with over 15 photos—is available right now. This is a revision of the popular 1985 first edition which has long been out of print. MAKC member Curt Harler wrote the copy, printed and published it, and MAKC has autographed copies for sale. The retail price of the new guidebook is $10. Copies are available to MAKC members who mention the MAKC for $9, including postage and handling sent to MAKC. Read More

Cleversburg Cave Description

Friday, March 2, 2012
CURRENT STATUS: This gated cave is located on property owned by Southampton Township. 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

MAKC House Projects

Friday, March 2, 2012
The MAKC recently acquired a house in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, for approximately $28,000, paid in full with funds donated for an education center and library. Read More

Water Level Research at Cleversburg Sink

Friday, March 2, 2012
Finally, after 15 years of fruitless discussions and suggestions to implement some type of scientific study of the fluctuating water levels in Cleversburg Sink, Franklin County Grotto is now participating in just such a project. Read More

MAKC Open House May 15, 2010

Friday, March 2, 2012
The MAKC invites all of its members to attend the grand opening of its cave and karst education center and library at 137 East Campbell Street, Blairsville, PA 15717 at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15. We will have an outdoor backyard barbecue throughout the day. Please feel free to bring any food items you wish to contribute. We will have a special volunteer recognition ceremony at 6:30 p.m. that evening, followed by a special fund raising auction. Items for the auction are welcome. Read More

Bear Cave Bat Mist-Netting and Graffiti Removal

Saturday, March 3, 2012
On Friday, 05 August 2011, Joe Duchamp, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, asked permission for his grad student, Laura D’Acunto, to mist net bats outside Bear Cave. Always happy to encourage scientific studies, we granted permission and arranged for Joe to drive up the mountain with his students and equipment. Read More

News: MAKC Proposal to Open Caves in 2010

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
MISSION Read More

MAKC Proposal to Open Caves in 2010

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
MISSION Read More

MAKC Proposal to Open Caves in 2010

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
MISSION Read More

Hall Cave Bat Numbers Dwindling

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
This past winter, as we do every year, MAKC members do a bat count in Hall Cave, our first preserve. The first time the cave was counted for bats was in 1985, by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Census records show the PGC counted the bats again in 2000. Those totals were 35 and 143, respectively. For 1985 there were 15 eastern pipistrelles and 13 little browns; one big brown bat and one northern long-eared bat. The next time there were 32 eastern pipistrelles, 107 little browns and four northern long-eared bats. Read More

Possible Cure for White Nose Syndrome

Monday, May 18, 2015
We were excited to read this story and hope it is true. Read More

2015 Board Elections Held

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Congratulations to Walt Hamm, a founding board member who has rejoined the board. Walt replaces Sue Moore, longtime board member and treasurer for many years, who has opted for a break from her very longstanding service. Dave Field has been reelected chairman; Carl Pierce reelected secretary and also to a three-year term on the board, Phil Gowaty reelected vice chairman and Johnny John Motto reelected treasurer. The board is comprised of Jeff Jahn, reelected to a three-year term; Kim Metzgar, reelected to a three-year term; Paul Damon, Jr. (Tiger Cross), Jared Snyder, Kerry Speelman and Mike Michael Schirato. We got so busy catching up we forgot to take a new group photo, however. Read More

MAKC Adds New Board Member

Sunday, November 27, 2016
Sunni Reitmyer • NSS 64280 •  (term expires 2017) Sunni Reitmyer is a native to Pennsylvania and has been a nature lover for as long as she can remember. Her first experience in a cave was a visit to Penn’s Cave with her family in 1995. She has since visited other commercial caves in Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t until June 2012 that she was introduced to the world of caving with a trip to Norman Cave, WV, and subsequently, a trip to Casparis Cave, PA in July of 2012. Read More