Forest Speaks


By trapping a bat in a mist net, one can find out

What kind of bat is it?

Is it male or female?

Is it pregnant and/or lactating?

Is it genetically related to other bats in the area? (take blood sample)

Wibke Thies

(graduate student)

weighing a bat.

How much does it weigh?

Does its weight change?

(recapture various times)

How big is it?

What does a bat do all night long?

To find out, a tiny transmitter is attached to the body of the bat with surgical glue

Elisabeth Kalko following a bat

How much time does it spend looking for food?

How much time does it spend eating?

How much time does it spend sleeping?