Bat box check at Wilson Reserve, 9 April 2016


Another beautiful windless mild autumn day for out-door work, and a big team assembled to check the boxes. I took the meadow boxes, and found 5 Gould’s in B7




Then another 14 in B2, with a solitary Broadnose





And 6 in box 3 with an anxious Huntsman.





The team watched and waited for news of each box.





One box just had a tick in it, looking a big engorged.






Melissa did much of the climbing in Steve’s team, She found 4 bats in B26, which shows signs of being popular with the bats. Rebecca used the pole camera for her own project.







White-tailed spiders in two boxes.





Team photo before departure for my place…




where we assembled on deck as usual, laptop, genetic sampling gear and bat handlers with scribes. Steve attached two new bands, and replaced two that had minor banding injuries.




Lauren Nankervis has been vaccinated and was eager to make a start on bat-handling





with new recruit Emma Kenny for scribe.




Irina and Helen worked together.





All over at 6 o’clock, and the team dispersed. Stanley took the one bat to Burke Rd for release. I walked down to the boxes to release the bats at 7:30. All flew off quickly, eager to continue fattening up for winter.




The little Broadnose was last to go, and a bit reluctant to fly off into the cool air.


Box Bats Species Adult
B02 14






B03 6 Gould’s 1 5
B07 5 Gould’s 4 1
B26 4 Gould’s 1 3
B01 2 Gould’s 2
B14 1 Gould’s 1
  33 Total 12 21
Burke Rd
T04 1 Gould’s 1
  34 Total 13 21

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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