28 Aug 🦇 Urban Wildlife Citizen Science – Flying Foxes
Posted at 09:16h in Citizen Science
🦇Looking for something to do close to home to assist scientists?
Recently you may have seen the video of Tiny the Lesser Long-eared bat showing us some flying-foxes along the creek near the centre of town in Armidale.
Have you seen some near your place recently?
Flying-fox roosts are becoming increasingly urban, which may be because these areas provide good feeding opportunities and/or because they are losing habitat elsewhere, and while they help keep our ecosystems healthy, they can frustrate local residents. However, we don’t know enough about how flying foxes are using the urban environment and the types of plants they like to feed on across the entire year. To better manage our nocturnal neighbours, we first need to better understand what they’re feeding on, where and when. More information about these aspects of their biology will help us understand why they move in and out of cities.
This is where you can help as a citizen scientist. By recording flying-foxes in your area in CAUL’s Urban Wildlife app we can build a clear picture of where they are throughout the year.
Curious? Head to the link below to learn more and join!