Bats!

Time:      Monday, July 16th. 8:30pm-10:30pm
Place:     Trout Lake Park
Cost:       $20/person.

 Join us for a rare chance to get up close and personal with the bats that live in our city. Bat researcher Patrick Burke has extensive experience in this area. Bats in the Pacific Northwest are facing many challenges, and Patrick’s research is helping to understand what they are up against and how they are responding.

Patrick has graciously offered to host an event at Trout Lake Park that will include the opportunity to net a few bats and tag them for tracking. Following a short talk about bats, participants can (conditions allowing) help capture bats to collect naturally occurring bacteria on their wings. These bacteria will be cultured and used as a prophylactic to reduce the impact of a fungam disease affecting bats called white nose syndrome. Researchers then hope to apply the bacteria on free-roaming bats next summer. You can read more about the research here: https://inside.tru.ca/2017/10/24/researchers-developing-probiotic-cocktail-to-combat-deadly-bat-disease/.

Please note that there is a very very small risk of rabies transmission when handling bats. Therefore, only folks with rabies vaccinations will be allowed to handle bats directly. Only 0.5% of the wild bat population has rabies and a bite breaking skin is very unlikely.

Partial proceeds of this event will go to support future bat research through the South Coast Bat Conservation Society.

Instructor: Patrick is a wildlife ecologist and conservationist from the Southern Appalachians. It’s been years since he’s harvested hickory nuts, smelled a magnolia blossom, or caught a Blue Ridge sunset from a grassy bald. He is currently pursuing his MSc in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and has worked for nearly 10 years as an environmental consultant in the renewable energy industry across North America. His academic research will investigate the climate impacts on mammal connectivity and persistence in protected areas of British Columbia and Washington. He has additional interests in bat ecology and conservation of tropical systems. Patrick comes with previous experience as an officer of The Wildlife Society Renewable Energy Working Group and with the South Coast Bat Action Team. When he’s not working on wildlife projects, he’s hard at work with his wife figuring how to get their two daughters deeper into the backcountry.

 

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