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October Field Trip - Microbat Spotting

Saturday Oct 13 5:30 pm

Duration: 2.5 hours

Compared to most mammal groups, very little is known about bats, particularly in the Top End. However, bats are known to play a critical role in the environment, particularly in terms of seed dispersal and insect regulation. Dr Damian Milne is a scientist with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He has been studying the ecology of microbats in the Top End of the Northern Territory for the past 20 years.

Damian will describe some of the amazing features of our Top End bat species, how they navigate and feed, their diseases and transmissions, and dispel some of those urban myths about bats. In addition, Damian will be playing a number of audio recordings to demonstrate some of the intricacies of bat echolocation.

We will set up some specialised bat traps, listen to their echolocation through a bat detector, and - hopefully - have a look at a real live bat or two.

WHAT TO BRING: Torch, insect repellent, water. Long pants and sleeves may be required depending on how bad the biting insects are.

*SPECIAL INFORMATION: The main gates to Holmes Jungle Reserve will be locked at 6 pm, so make sure you arrive at 5.30 pm promptly. We will have a key to get out of the Reserve at the end of the night.

*This FREE event is organised by the NT Field Naturalists' Club and is open to members of the public. We hope to see you there.

Photo: Northern Long-eared Bat (Nyctophilus arnhemensis) by Bruce Taubert.


Holmes Jungle, Picnic Area

Long: 130.928101 Lat: -12.396137