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Wildlife & Ecosystems

Melbourne’s Microbats - One Day

Join a dusk-till-dawn expedition and discover Melbourne’s tiniest resident: the microbat.


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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

The data is crucial if we are to create cities that can support microbat populations and enable us to live harmoniously with nature.

Help scientists gather data on the population dynamics and habitat requirements of bats to save them from local extinction.

The number and size of cities and towns around the world continue to grow at an ever-increasing rate, and the consequences for native plants and animals are profound. With such rapid expansion, we need reliable scientific data on the population dynamics and habitat requirements of wildlife to help protect animals such as bats from local extinction.

The data from this project will be crucial for our ability to create cities that can support microbat populations and enable us to live harmoniously with nature. First we must obtain long-term population data (survival, sex ratios, birth rates) for an urban population of microbats, so we can build reliable population models.

Study microbats in Melbourne

Study the dynamics of an urban population of microbats.

In the larger scheme, the project will enable us to compare the effects of different planning scenarios (e.g., sprawling suburbs versus compact, higher-density housing) on bat survival and to provide these data to councils and planners so that future urban development can accommodate sustainable microbat populations.


About the research area

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Australia & South Pacific

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MEET THE LEAD SCIENTIST

Rodney
van der Ree
Deputy Director, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

ABOUT Rodney van der Ree

Dr. Rodney van der Ree works with Earthwatch volunteers to identify the critical habitat requirements of bats.

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