Actions and Detail Panel
Community Bat Night
Mon. 5 June 2017, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm GMT-04:00
Join us for our fantstic Batty evening, with a wide range of activities for all ages, including BBQ and bat walk and bat talk as part of World Environment Day.
Kids can get creative, making bat hats masks and bat mobiles. Come and play some bat board games and learn about how to encourage bats into the back yard (and why you would want to!).
Have a guided walk around campus with a bat detector, looking and listening for bats flying our of the bat boxes on the beautiful Murdoch campus.
Diana Prada (PhD student) will talk about the different species of microbats found in Western Australia and explain how they are different from flying foxes. She will touch on their role in controlling insect populations and the amazing adaptations that have allowed these mammals to develop true flight.
She will also provide an overview on her research about viruses hosted by microbats within the South West Botanical Province. She wants to identify the viruses they carry and determine whether different types of viruses vary between populations and/or species. Diana will explain the methodologies used in detecting and capturing microbats and some of the challenges involved when working with such small and cryptic creatures.
Diana’s research is supported by Bush Heritage, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kanyana Wildlife, the Holsworth Wildlife Endowment and the Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association.