Our Bat Class

Bat flight dissected

Stay in touch to find out when we’ll hold our next “Bats of California’s Central Coast” class.

This eight-hour class will include:

  • Species accounts of the bats of California’s Central Coast
  • Bat ecology – where our local bats occur and what niche they occupy; bats and their importance to agriculture
  • Bat biology – anatomy of a bat;┬ámigration, hibernation, activity cycles, day & night roosts
  • Bats and disease – Rabies & other bat-borne diseases; a cost/benefit analysis; safe practices for people & pets
  • Echolocation – How bats navigate, communicate, and find prey
  • How we study bats – the technology of bat studies (use of bat detectors, infrared videography, spotlight surveys, mist-netting, etc.)
  • How to become Citizen Bat Scientist
  • Q&A to answer class participants’ questions and inquiries
  • A field excursion to a nearby pond to look for and record bats

The iPad and the bats

Paso-area active bat monitoring

The class will introduce participants to the 16 bat species that occur in the Central Coast region. IN addition to the general biology of bats, we will also investigate their biological and economic importance, especially their importance to agriculture – including their value here on California’s Central Coast and the role bats can and do play in sustainable agriculture. The course will be tailored to encourage participants into becoming citizen scientists to study, promote, and educate about bats.