Bats at Wilson Reserve, 8 April 2017

11Written by: Robert Bender

There was a storm building up, but for 2 hours the weather was windless and dry. We had several new recruits, including the Moore family, as young Thomas is a cub scout wanting to earn activity badges.



The usual Grey Huntsmen occupied several boxes




And Tim Caldwell joined us for a bit, between strolls to film tiger snakes around the reserve. Snakecatchervictoria/




Some passing strollers stopped for a show-and-tell, to see their first microbats




With almost 50 bats, we arrived at the car park just as the thunder announced rain, and had an indoor processing event, to keep out of the wind and stay warm.




Tao is now a confident bat handler, with Michelle to scribe for her.




And new recruit Fiona Enter scribed for Melissa. Steve banded several new bats, mainly from Burke Rd., then had to go home with a very sore shoulder




Little Eliza Moore, interested in everything, made friends with Dani.




By sunset the rain had stopped and the Moore family drove me down to the car park so we could all release the bagged bats. Thomas managed several bags.



And Ian held little Eliza up high, so with help from Phoebe, she could watch bats fly off into the night




And she got to open the last bag, very pleased with her new and exciting experience.

Box Bats Species Adult
B03 21 Gould’s 6 15
B01 9 Gould’s 2 7
B26 8 Gould’s 1 7
B06 6 Gould’s 1 5
B21 2 Gould’s 1 1
B08 1 Gould’s 1
Burke Rd.
T10 6* Gould’s 1 5
T03 2 Gould’s 1 1
  55 Total 14 41

* 1 escaped


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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