Little Green Bat House Project

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 12:00pm – 2:00pm Save to Calendar

Explore bat ecology with biologist Caroline Byrne. Stick around after the talk to help make bat houses for the Wells Reserve.

Reservations

Not Required

Pricing

  • Suggested Donation: $2.00

Location

Mather Auditorium

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.



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