Melbourne’s Microbats Named Finalist in Melbourne Awards
Melbourne’s Microbats Named Finalist in Melbourne Awards
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Melbourne’s Microbats Named Finalist in Melbourne Awards

You may not be aware, but microbats are the most well represented group of mammals still occurring in the Melbourne area, with 16 species having been detected across the region. However, despite the prevalence of these insectivorous bats in Melbourne, there have been no systematic surveys to quantify their distribution, abundance, habitat requirements or conservation status within urban area.

Running since 2010, Earthwatch’s Melbourne’s Microbats expedition is the first ongoing monitoring program in the world that carries out all surveys within a city centre. This innovative project is the first truly urban long term study of a bat colony, especially one supported by engaging the public, with citizen scientists.

In 2013, Melbourne’s Microbats can also add to its achievements that is has been announced as a finalist in The Melbourne Awards for ‘contribution to sustainability by community organization’. Now in its 11th year, the Melbourne Awards continue to celebrate and reward inspirational people and organizations who dedicate their time and energy to help shape our city.

Winners for the awards will be announced November 23, but for anyone interested in joining Melbourne’s Microbats inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Earthwatch has teams starting October 26, 2013 and running through to February 21, 2014.

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