Written by: Robert Bender
We had another fine windless day, and a big team came to help empty boxes, several undergraduate students. Bridal Creeper out of control all over Main Flat.
As well as the usual Gould’s there were Freetails in four boxes – this is C42, one of the large boxes.
And our first glider nest (with gliders growling at me) in C43, so I left them alone.
With three ladders going, we got the boxes emptied by 2 p.m., meanwhile Pia and Lindy started a processing team in the VC.
Two new recruits were Luke Johnson and Caitlin Surrey, Conservation students at VUT, both vaccinated and eager to start learning bat-handling skills.
Casey, about to submit his PhD thesis, was there as usual with Anita.
And their scribe was a new recruit, Dylan Piscopo.
Many of the Freetails were first-time captures, so Steve was kept busy PIT-tagging them, set up by the window.
The team slowly dwindled as students wandered off to other events, and a small team did the last few bats, finishing up about 7:30 p.m.
Lindy, Pia, Andrew and I stayed to release the 287 bats, with about 40 bats to open and empty. One Freetail was reluctant to fly away, so I set it on my cap until it was ready to go, and it flapped off.
* = 1 escaped # = 1 dead (both were adolescents)