Introduction to Bat Ecology, Biology, Conservation and Identification (Short Course)

This course is a foundational course for anyone interested to understand more about bats or is looking at pursuing a post graduate research project or an environmental consultant who needs to get back to the basics on the biology and ecology of bats. As a foundational course it covers a broad spectrum of subjects focusing on the biology and ecology of bats - what we currently understand and also what we do not know (possible areas for further investigation for post-graduate studies).

Duration: 5 days 

Venues: This course is offered at two venues the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (Pretoria) and the Meletse Bat Research and Conservation Training Centre (near Thabazimbi). This course can be given at any venue.  Mist-netting and working with bat detectors practical’s are also undertaken, at suitable venues as part of this introduction course.

Subjects covered on the course

•    Myths and Misconceptions
•    Phylogeny and evolution
•    Biology and Ecology
•    Bat morphology
•    Flight
•    Health and Safety
•    Law and Ethics
•    Identification (including practical’s using study skins)
•    Threats and Conservation
•    Echolocation

You could walk away with 

Participants will have the opportunity to attempt their Bat Workers level 1 certification, by successfully completing a theoretical and practical assessments.


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