Southwestern Desert Bats

04/26/2013 - 6:00pm
04/28/2013 - 1:00pm
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Instructor: Patricia Brown-Berry, Ph.D.
$175 / $155 for ABF members

Friday, April 26: 6pm
Saturday, April 27: 9am - 11pm
Sunday, April 28: 9 am - 1 pm

Discover what makes bats critical components of our desert ecosystem. Dr. Patricia Brown-Berry has conducted bat research for the past 44 years and will introduce participants to the world of bats and techniques used by scientists to study these amazing mammals.

The 3-day class (Friday evening to Sunday noon) includes daytime lectures and nightly field work using ultrasonic bat detectors, mist-netting and night vision equipment to observe wild bats.

Participants must provide their own meals and lodging.

Friday, April 26
6 PM - Class meets at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center. Mist nets will be set at dusk over the pup fish pond near the Visitor Center (unless it’s windy). Class will have an opportunity to observe captured bats and to monitor the bats' ultrasonic signals using "bat detectors."

Saturday, April 27
9 AM - Lecture and powerpoint presentations at Colorado Desert District Headquarters
12:00-1:30 PM - Lunch break
1: 30-4:30 PM - Lecture on bats and mines and acoustic detection
4:30-6 PM - Dinner break
6 PM - Depart for another location to mist net bats and record echolocation signals
11 PM - Approximate return to the vehicles

Sunday, April 28
9 AM-1 PM - Discussion of mist net and evening observations, then presentations on White Nose syndrome, alternative energy and other impacts to bats followed by bat videos
1 PM - Class dismissed

Bring: Flashlight (headlight preferred), garden gloves, folding chair for evening mist-netting, notebook and pen. Optional: camera and binoculars.

Meeting Location:
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center (near the flagpole)
200 Palm Canyon Dr.
Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Lectures will be held at:
Colorado Desert District Headquarters
200 Palm Canyon Dr.
Borrego Springs, CA 92004