A link to view this program online will be provided at 6:00 p.m. on June 12th.
Learn why one local bat species is so difficult to find for wildlife researchers and how the public can get involved in an innovative citizen science research project with OSU-Cascades' Northwestern Bat Hub. Presented by bat researcher and Volunteer Coordinator Sara Rose.
Central Oregon is a haven for outdoor recreation and nature enthusiasts. Many of us feel comfortable in and knowledgeable about our local habitats, but there is so much that we don't see and don't truly understand. Some of our most elusive and misunderstood neighbors are bats. Being small, swift, and nocturnal, they are easy to miss as they move across the landscape. Though wildlife researchers have some amazing tools to find and study bats, one local species remains particularly elusive: the spotted bat. And so the Northwestern Bat Hub is turning to our community for help. This presentation will explain why these odd and adorable animals are so difficult to find and how the public can get involved and contribute to an innovative research project.
Sara Rose is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Spotted Bat Project, a citizen science project hosted by the Northwestern Bat Hub, as part of the HERS Lab at OSU Cascades. She also helps to coordinate and conduct large-scale bat monitoring and research across the Pacific Northwest. Sara received her B.S. from OSU- Cascades in natural resources fish and wildlife conservation. Before joining the Bat Hub, she completed wildlife research internships with the Deschutes National Forest and with Cardiff University at their research center in Malaysia. In her spare time, Sara has participated in Sierra Nevada red fox and golden eagle research. She currently helps run a local community organization, Central Oregon Womxn in Conservation.
For more information on the Spotted Bat Project visit https://osucascades.edu/HERS/northwestern-bat-hub/spotted-bat-project