The guest speaker for the April meeting of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club is ecologist Emmi van Harten (a.k.a. Emmi Scherlies).
Local PhD student, Emmi van Harten is fascinated with the world of bats. For the past two years she has been researching the critically endangered southern bent-wing bat in South Australia. With the help of 45 volunteers, Emmi has microchipped almost 2000 bats and is shedding light on the lives of these elusive mammals to inform recovery of the population.
During the presentation, Emmi will share stories about bats, her research and the findings so far, as well as her inevitable transformation into ‘Batgirl’. The story will start and end here, in the box-ironbark forests around Castlemaine, Victoria.
Unusually, the meeting is being held on the first Friday of the month (7 April), due to a clash with easter on the second Friday. It is being held at the normal location in the Fellowship Room in the hall behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St in Castlemaine (next door to the Art Gallery/Museum). Doors open from 7.15pm, with the meeting starting from 7.30pm. Members and visitors welcome.