Bat box check at the Organ Pipes, 19th February 2017

Written by: Robert Bender

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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.

 

Box Bat Species    Adult

  M      F

Juvenile

M      F

C45 64*

2

Gould’s

Lge Forest

9

2

21 22 12
C16 41 Gould’s   15 14 12
C44 39 Gould’s 5 24 2 8
C03 37* Gould’s 4 16 10 7
C31 24 Gould’s   10 4 10
C27 22 Gould’s   8 7 7
C35 13 Gould’s   5 6 2
C17 9# Gould’s 3 6    
C24 8 Gould’s 1 7    
C23 7 Gould’s 2 5    
C07 5 Gould’s 1 2 2  
C06 3 Gould’s 2 1    
C25 3 Gould’s 1 1   1
C28 2 Gould’s   2    
C05 1 Gould’s   1    
C13 1 Gould’s 1      
C22 1 Gould’s 1      
C46 1 Gould’s 1      
  283 Totals 33 124 67 59

* = 1 escaped # = 3 escaped, 2 recaptured in C45

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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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