Southwestern Desert Bats

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 1:00pm

There are only TWO SPOTS available in this class. Please register as soon as possible.

Photo: Russ Hunsaker

April 22 -24, 2016
Instructor: Patricia Brown-Berry, PhD

$195 / $175 for ABF members

Discover what makes bats critical components of our desert ecosystem. Dr. Patricia Brown-Berry has conducted bat research for the past 48 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. Registration fee includes lunch on Saturday; participants must provide all other meals. Dorm-style lodging with shared kitchen is available at the Research Center for $25 per night.

Friday, April 22
5 pm - Class meets at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. Mist nets will be set at dusk over the pup fish pond near Borrego Palm Canyon (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 23
9 am - Lecture and PowerPoint presentations
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 24
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.

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

Meeting Location:
Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
401 Tilting T Dr.
Borrego Springs, CA 92004