comes as a surprise to most people to learn that the dominant
mammal fauna in the ACT is not possums or kangaroos but bats. There are at
least 18 bat species making up over 40% native mammal diversity in the ACT.
There are more species of bats in the ACT than the next 3 most species rich
groups combined (possums, rodents and macropods).
around us most summer nights, this fascinating group of mammals are almost
invisible to us because most of them are active in the dark when we can?t see
them and operate at sound frequencies beyond our hearing range, yet they play
key ecological roles in the control of nocturnal flying insects, including many
pest species such as mosquitoes, moths and bugs, pollination and seed
In my talk I?ll
introduce you to some of the bats of the ACT and surrounds, the study of bats
and some interesting aspects of their biology and behaviours. The talk will be
followed by a brief sojourn out doors in the ANU grounds
to spot a few of
the local bats using an ultrasonic ?bat detector? and a