Bat man in action at Challicum night
People in Challicum district, south-east of Ararat, will have a rare opportunity to gain insight into the life of bats in their region at an Upper Hopkins Land Management Group Bat Night on Saturday.
The Bat Night, for Landcare enthusiasts and their families and friends, will feature ecologist Peter Homan at Doug Hopkins’ Challicum property.
The event will start with a barbecue at 6.30pm followed by a trap-setting session just before dusk.
Mr Homan will explain his work and share his knowledge of bats with participants before returning to the field to check the nets.
Organisers are confident the process will be interesting for children, but have warned of a potential late night.
Mr Homan hopes to capture a few bats the previous night to show the mammals to anyone who has to leave early.
Organisers have also advised people to bring a torch and to wear sturdy footwear and long trousers to walk along a creek after dark, and to wear or bring a long-sleeved shirt or light jumper to allow Mr Homan to place the captured bats on people’s covered arms.
Mr Homan has more than 50 years of experience in a wide range of intrusive and non-intrusive animal survey techniques, including trapping and surveillance methods.
He has extensive experience in surveying small mammals such as bats, small reptiles, especially skinks, frogs, waterbirds, forest-woodland birds, fish and freshwater macroinvertebrates. He also has extensive experience in training students and other investigators in these fields.
Mr Homan is also a longterm member of Fauna Survey Group, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, and a member of the Australasian Bat Society and Australian Mammal Society.
Organisers have asked Landcare members to bring barbecue food for their families and a salad to share.
Upper Hopkins Land Management Group will provide bread, condiments, dessert, tea and coffee.
People need to RSVP to Una Allender by tomorrow by calling 0419 891 920 or emailing email@example.com.