Citizen scientists have been getting behind the Mega Murray-Darling Microbat Project, spending their evenings on bat patrol.
The Mega Murray-Darling Microbat Project is a citizen science opportunity to find out more about bats and biodiversity. Participants are provided with recording devices to monitor calls made by microbats in the wild. These recordings are then passed onto researchers for analysis with the aim of identifying biodiversity trends in the region.
The project has been spruiked across the Murray-Darling, with 300 people attending 11 microbat information nights. This has resulted in 150 bat surveys being lodged, a fantastic effort by community citizen scientists.
The data is now on its way to the SA Museum for species identification. Once the data has been analysed, results will be made available to the public through the Atlas of Living Australia.
The Mega Murray-Darling Microbat Project is an initiative of the Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin. If you want to get involved with the Mega Murray-Darling Microbat Project, there’s still time! Head to the website for more details.