Written by: Robert Bender
Steve and Dani started at noon, with many other helpers to empty the boxes. When I arrived at 2:15, there were only Pia and her mother, Mary, processing and scribing in the Visitor Centre.
Emptying boxes was almost complete, with Steve, Dani and Casey kitted up for that task, Caroline and new recruit Astrid Scott assisting.
Steve wanted me to take a smiley photo.
Breeding time is usually late spring, but some older females have tried a second pregnancy, so there were mothers with half-grown suckling pups.
All soon migrated uphill to the VC, where Astrid scribed for Anita.
And Michelle scribed for Lindy, who had quite a few newly grown bats to band, as did Casey, Pia and Steve.
We ended up with 14 people who came along to help with the large workload of assessing nearly 300 bats, and were very busy all afternoon.
And a surprise, with Eva Reda reappearing, after doing much travelling, with friend Shaun. We last saw her 3 years ago. She scribed for Caroline, and Shaun had his introduction to the world of bats.
Almost the last bat for the day was old 88866, a female Gould’s banded by Natasha Schedvin probably 2005, so perhaps now 12 years old, still feisty and a good weight
The mighty workload was all done by 6:30, then loads of packing up, and still over an hour until dark. Dani helped with the few mum-and-pup groups that had to be returned to their boxes, then had to go off to prepare for post-grad requirements, leaving Andrew and I to release the other 250 bats. We finished up at 9:30 and headed for home.
* = 1 escaped # = 3 escaped, 2 recaptured in C45