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Wild Wild Inner West: Micro Bat Walk & Survey

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Cooks River

Near 37 Wharf street

Marrickville

NSW, NSW 2004

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This workshop is targeted at young adults (18-35) living in the Inner West and City of Sydney.

The Micro Bat Walk and Survey:

We will meet at sunset for a community micro bat walk and survey along the Cooks River (the river of Goolay’yari from the Pelican Dreamtime Story of the Cadigal & Wangal people of the Eora Nation). We will use specialised bat detectors which record high frequency sounds to assess the activity and species of micro bats that are present along the river.

At this walk and survey, you will learn:

- About micro bats of Sydney and how to conserve their habitat

- How to assess activity of micro bats using bat detectors

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When: 6pm – 8pm, October 2018

Location: Near 37 Wharf Street Marrickville (Close to the Marrickville Golf Club)

Cost: Free

This community micro bat walk & survey will be led by Narawan Williams and Damon Bassett.

Narawan is a fauna field ecologist with a special interest and knowledge about micro bats. Narawan has conducted wildlife surveys throughout NSW from urban bushland and national parks to the mallee habitats of western NSW and beyond and has a broad knowledge of species across a range of regions and habitats.

This walk & survey is run in collaboration with Inner West Council. To find out more about them and the Sustainability projects they run head to https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/live/environment-and-sustainability

Microbat Background Info:
Micro bats, or Wirrambi (meaning bat in Gadigal language) are native, small, insect-eating mammals from the family Microchiroptera. Sydney is home to a range of microbats, with just under 20 different species being sighted in Sydney alone. Sadly, most of these species are listed on the NSW Threatened Species List.

One of the threats to micro bat populations is loss of bushland due to urbanisation. This is especially felt by the micro bat because of the loss of large, old trees with hollows which micro bats use for roosting. Micro bat nesting hollows can be helpful in creating a bit of extra real estate for micro bats when trees with hollows have been lost. We will have the opportunity to check out a micro bat nesting hollow that was constructed by Inner West Council along the Cooks River.

Other Info:

This event is run by National Parks Association of NSW as part of their 'Wild Wild Inner West' project.

This project is supported by Greater Sydney Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

We would like to acknowledge that this workshop is held on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the Gadigal lands, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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Marrickville

NSW, NSW 2004

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