Bat box check at the Organ Pipes, 19 April 2015

Written by – Robert Bender

We had a fine afternoon. Steve attended to his bat detectors, then we all got started on checking boxes, nearly all of which were empty. Bridal Veil Creeper everywhere, showing signs of neglect of the park.



My little team took the south end, and at first found only a pair of ticks.





But eventually C24 was full from top to bottom.





Lindy and Pia arrived with other eager bat handlers and took the first bags up to start on processing.




We had several new recruits: Stewart McDonald.




Emmi Scherlies, who is starting a PhD on the endangered Southern Bent-wing Bat and scribed for Lindy.




Emily Laurie (who also comes to the Ivanhoe batting days) and her friend Kody Davidson.




Manisha Bhardwaj from ARCUE.






And Denis Nagle from Gippsland.




Debbie Reynolds, newly graduated from her PhD on Pimelea rice flowers, brought her two nephews late in the afternoon to show them some bats, and helped by taking several bags down for release as soon as it was dark.



We were all done by 6:15, which is pretty amazing after processing 135 bats, including genetic samples, micro-chipping and a little banding of new arrivals, so about half the bats were released by a team eager for this joyful experience.


It was getting cold so some hung about for a while getting warm. Tidied up the Visitor Centre, locked up and we were out of the park by 7 p.m. This is a new record for number of bats in June: 135 of them, due to a large increase in Gould’s and a record number of Large Forest Bats.

Box Bat Species    Adult  M      F
C24 47 Gould’s 16 31
C29 43 Gould’s 12 31
C28 21 Gould’s 9 12
C29 21 Gould’s 1 20
C19 16 Lge Forest 3 13
C15 7 Freetail 1 6
C17 1 Gould’s 1
  135 Totals 42 93

About Pia Lentini

Pia Lentini is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne's Quantitative and Applied Ecology group.
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