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Discovery Night – Microbats
April 9, 2017 – 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Chances are that there are microbats that visit your area but you have never noticed them. They are flying mammals that can weigh as little as 3 grams. They enjoy devouring insects once it is dark and rely on echolocation to ‘see’ and locate their prey. They do this by emitting high-pitched sounds that bounce off surrounding objects, which tells them how far away the objects are.
If you are interested in seeing some for yourself, then you must come along!
The night will begin with the setting up of traps in the bushland at the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, followed by a talk about microbats in the area. Attendees can then enjoy their dinner (BYO) and mingle with other like-minded people whilst we wait for night to set in and for the microbats to come out. We will then set out to inspect the traps and identify those bats that have been caught, as well as keeping an eye out for any other wildlife we may see!
Please note that numbers will be limited to 25. Booking Form available here.
(Photo: Neal Foster via Wikicommons).