The Birds and the Bats

In the first week of November, our Biodiversity Team showed our region’s local bat populations some love. The team hosted an informative bat walk under the stars, and the following day a bat box building workshop, building safe homes for bats!

On the night of the Solar Eclipse Tuesday 8th November 2022, our Biodiversity Project Officer Lynsey and Natsync Environmental’s Bat Expert Joe Tonga recruited some brave locals to search for local bat species along the Chapman River area!

Using Joe’s infra-red technology, Advanced Animal Sound Box and movement sensors, the explorers were able to spot some birds and possums but the bats were in hiding that particular night.

Joe pointed out areas where bats would likely to be calling home, and also advised of reasons why they may be avoiding these spaces, such as traffic noises in the area.

Everyone had a great time and learned a lot about the habits, likes and dislikes of these mysterious night creatures.

To follow up on the evening Bat walk, NACC’s Biodiversity Team hosted a ‘Build a Bat Box’ workshop on Wednesday 9th November to highlight the need for homes for our native fauna.

Bat expert Joe guided the crew to build their own Microbat box to install at home, delivering advice on how to install the boxes, what materials to use to paint and protect the box, the correct areas, and the height from the ground at which to install the boxes.

Carnaby’s Crusaders’ Dean Arthurell brought along his friendly Cockatoos Anzac and Mango along to discuss the Carnabys Cockatoo and discuss ways in which locals can help to save this endangered species.

Dean showed the group the artificial hollows that have been designed to mimic the Carnaby’s natural nests. These have been placed in breeding areas and are showing great success with the birds using these to create a new home for their chicks.

Some of our attendees received a cuddle and had a chat with the Carnabys, and lots of selfies were taken with these impeccably well-behaved birds! A great and educational day was had by all. A big thanks to all involved!

This project is supported by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s Environmental Restoration Fund.

Lynsey Allen – Biodiversity Project Officer

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