Little Green Bat House Project
Explore bat ecology with biologist Caroline Byrne. Stick around after the talk to help make bat houses for the Wells Reserve.
- Suggested Donation: $2.00
This event is handicap accessible
In a lunchtime presentation, Caroline Byrne will talk about our local bat species, including their biology, behavior, and the ecological services they perform. She will also describe the Little Green Bat House Project, a citizen science project that aims to provide roosting structures and education about bats.
After the talk, Caroline will lead a workshop for building bat houses. The houses currently installed at the Wells Reserve are almost a decade old and need to be replaced. You can help build the new houses and you will go home with instructions on how to build a bat house of your own.
About the Presenter
Caroline Byrne has worked on field studies involving bats throughout the Eastern United States
since 2009. She has worked on projects including roost selection and the effects of prescribed
fire on the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) in North Carolina and Tennessee, mist-netting surveys at
National Wildlife Refuges and national parks in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maine, New York, and
New Jersey, and acoustic surveys throughout the eastern United States. Caroline received her
B.S. in environmental science from Binghamton University in 2010. She has a M.S.
in biology from Indiana State University, where her thesis research focused on the observable
and acoustic behavior of the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) at maternity roosts. She has extensive
experience mist netting and radio tracking bats, as well as conducting acoustic surveys
and habitat assessments.