Bats at Wilson Reserve, 13 May 2017

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As it’s May, bat groups were crowded into only 3 boxes and most were empty. Dani found 3 species in box 3: Gould’s (left) Broadnose (right) and Large Forest (still in the bag) (Photo: M. Giovas)


The Moore family was back again, Peter continuing to log on time towards his environment badge for scouts, doing box scribing, and little sister Liza irrepressibly curious and chatty. Dani stretched out a Broadnose wing so she could see the fingers. (Photo M Giovas)



It was soon over (including a gumboot venture into the pool beneath boxes 15 and 1 (which had 8 Gould’s)




The team assembled on my back deck, with Lindy Lumsden and Steve leading banding, Dani and Olwyn assessing. The Moores went off to another event, Peter having competed his hours.




Olwyn, Lindy and Dani




Kristin Semmens was back again from her fieldwork developing and monitoring chainsaw hollows for fauna, getting back into bat assessing.




And we had a new recruit to bat assessing in Heather Kiley,





and a new scribe, Michelle Giovas.




My main tasks were making tea and taking photos. Steve and Stanley had earlier found 12 bats in two tubes at Burke Rd. – the two most-used tubes.

Box Bats Species Adult
      M F
B03 26





Lge Forest






B01 8 Gould’s   8
B05 1 Gould’s 1  
Burke Rd.
T04 10 Gould’s 1 9
T08 2 Gould’s 1 1
  55 Total 22 29

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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