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Newsletter of the Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


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Newsletter, October 2017

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Nature Territory - October 2017 Page 3 October Field Trip Microbat Spotting at Holmes Jungle with Damian Milne Saturday 14 October at 5.30 pm sharp at Holmes Jungle Picnic Area Compared to most mammal groups, very litt le is known about bats, particularly in the Top End. However, bats are known to play a crit ical role in the environment, particularly in terms of seed dispersal and insect regulation. Dr Damian Milne is a scientist with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He has been studying the ecology of microbats in the Top End of the Northern Territory for the past 20 years. Damian will describe some of the amazing features of our Top End bats species, how they navigate and feed, talk about bat diseases and transmission, and dispel some of those urban myths about bats. We will set up some specialised bat traps, l isten to their echolocation through a bat detector, and - hopefully - have a look at a real l ive bat or two. WHERE: Holmes Jungle Nature Reserve - main picnic area. WHEN: Saturday 14 October at 5.30 pm sharp* (for approximately 2?3 hours). WHAT TO BRING: Torch, insect repellent, water. Long pants and sleeves may be required depending on how bad the biting insects are. *SPECIAL INFORMATION: The main gates to Holmes Jungle Reserve will be locked at 6 pm, so make sure you arrive at 5.30 pm promptly. We will have a key to get out of the Reserve at the end of the night. Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bat (Saccolaimus saccolaimus). This species is usually characterised by white flecks or blotches on the upper side, but compared to elsewhere, populations in the Top End lack them. Photo: Bruce Taubert. The Ghost Bat (Macroderma gigas) is the largest of the carnivorous bats in Australia. Photo: Bruce Taubert. Northern Long-eared Bat (Nyctophilus arnhemensis). Photo: Bruce Taubert.