The Echo

A Passion for Sharing: Don & Edith

Published on July 12, 2017
Written by Michelle Donahue

Grounds maintenance and docent talks at Bracken Cave depend on thousands of hours donated annually by a cadre of dedicated volunteers. Here is one couple’s story about what compels them to give so much of themselves on behalf of bats.

Don & Edith Bergquist
Bracken Cave volunteers since 2006
Bat flying in the sky
Edith and other volunteers donate their time to help maintain the property. 
Courtesy of Edith Bergquist

Edith:
After I retired, we just happened upon this subdivision. Our neighbors were BCI members, who told us they went out every year to see the bats come out of the cave. We didn’t have a clue there was a cave that close. We immediately went online and joined.

Don:
My degree is in mechanical engineering. My whole love of life was concrete and asphalt. The last thing I thought about was preserving a cave of bats.

Edith:
There’s just something that drew us to Bracken. We thought it would be a great idea to give some of our time, and we’ve grown to love it.

 

Bat flying in the sky
Don Bergquist educates Bracken Cave visitors. 
Courtesy of Jonathan Alonzo 

Don:
By sharing and passing on information, we’re meeting people from all over the world who make a point to come here and visit. Some of the most insightful questions come from children.

Edith:
It was something we were excited about, to share that excitement with friends and neighbors and even people you run into at the store. It’s amazing how many families joined BCI and come to the cave just by talking about it.