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April 1st is the official start of bat season! As the days get longer and warmer, bats come out of their winter torpor to feed on the spring’s crop of flying insects.

Learn more about these fascinating mammals, their biology, and their role in the environment with Nicole Nolan, a terrestrial ecologist who has been doing acoustic monitoring of bats throughout the Ottawa area for the past five years.

Nicole will kick things off with an introductory webinar on April 1, and every Friday after that she’ll lead a bat walk in one of two local parks where you might get a chance to see and hear the first active bats of the year with the help of an ultrasonic microphone.

A) Introduction to Bat Biology (Virtual Webinar on Zoom)
Friday, April 1, 2022
7:30 p.m.
Registration is required. Click here to register.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

B) Bat Walks In Carlington Park and Hampton Park. Conditions may be wet. Dress for the weather and bring a headlamp or flashlight if you have one. (Registration is NOT required.)

  • Friday, April 8, 8:30 p.m., Carlington Park. (Meet at west end of Morisset Avenue by gates to Carlington Park.)
  • Friday, April 15, 8:30 p.m., Hampton Park. (Meet at the Island Park entrance parking lot.)
  • Friday, April 22, 8:30 p.m., Carlington Park. (Meet at west end of Morisset Avenue by gates to Carlington Park.)
  • Friday, April 29, 8:30 p.m., Hampton Park. (Meet at the Island Park entrance parking lot.)

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