How can we understand the activity of wild bats? Mostly soundless, flying in the dark, bats feed at night and evade our senses. Many bats can use echolocation to hunt and can avoid the traditional net sampling methods used to capture them; those that do not “echolocate” cannot be detected by ultrasound bat detectors.
Kevin has developed a new method (“bat point counts”) by combining modern sensing technologies – thermal, ultrasonic and near-infrared – to detect, identify and count all bats flying around in a certain range. This new non-invasive method allows scientists to better understand bat behavior and populations, which should lead to better informed conservation science.