And the forecast for tonight is mostly clear, so bat count at Yarra Bend going ahead

We had a great night counting at Doveton last night – about 19,000 left the camp.  And tonight’s weather, despite being a little cold and sort-of showery now, is predicted to be clear by meeting time at 7PM, and the radar is showing most rain north of the cvity.  And who am i to not trust the BOM? – so tonights count is confirmed and will be going ahead!

Hope to see you tonight at 7PM

regards, Rod

Bat counts next week -meeting at 7pm

Hopefully the weather next Tuesday 11th Oct and Wednesday 12th Oct is much better than the last couple of weeks and the last couple of counts!  It is bat counting time again – and with daylight savings, our meeting time has jumped to 7pm – hopefully plenty of time for people to make it after work!

As usual, the Doveton count is on Tuesday, and at Yarra Bend on Wednesday. Hope to see many of you at one or both of the counts, with clear skies and clam winds of course!

Regards, Rod

Tonights count at Yarra Bend cancelled

After what seemed like the beginning of spring, winter has returned with rain, wind and low temps.  Given the combination, the bats are unlikely to leave the camp at dusk, which means that we wont be able to get an accurate count, and while it is always fun to watch a fly-out, we wont be able to collect reliable data.

So, tonights (14th Sept) count at Yarra Bend is cancelled, and hopefully the weather will be kinder on the 11th and 12th October.

Enjoy a warm night indoors!  And see you in October!!



Flying-fox counts this week – Doveton cancelled but Yarra Bend happening!

I can’t believe another month has flown past!  This week is bat counting time again, but not at Doveton because many of the regulars have advised they are away and we will not have enough people to cover the minimum number of positions required.  So if you are a Doveton person – enjoy your night in!

Assuming the weather is kind to us on Wednesday 14th Sept, the count at Yarra Bend will be happening, with a meeting time of 5:45 PM.  Unfortunately the weather forecast for Wednesday is not great, so please check your email or this blog for an update before you make the trek out.  I will try to confirm if the count is happening by about 3 to 3:30 pm on Wednesday.   If you cant check your email or in doubt, pls call me 0412562429.

Last month we did not have enough counters at Doveton and only just had enough at Yarra Bend, so if you can make it this month it would be great to see as many of you as possible.

Thanks, Rod

great weather for this week’s bats counts!

The winter weather is (relatively) warm and sunny for us today and according to the forecast probably for tomorrow as well!  Hope to see many of you tonight at Doveton or tomorrow at Yarra Bend.  Remember it is a relatively early meeting time – 5:30 pm at both locations, which makes it hard for many to get there on time, so if you can make it, that would be much appreciated.  The more counters we have, the more reliable our count, and the better we can manage the colony, the camp and the species!

Best wishes, Rod

Bat counts are on again next week

Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us next week than they were last month!  Bat counts will be on at Doveton on Tuesday 16th Aug and at Yarra Bend on Wednesday 17th August – meeting times at both locations is 5:30 pm.

Winter is usually a difficult time for many to make it because it gets dark so early, so if you are able to make it, it would be great to see you on Tuesday and/or Wednesday of next week.

But, given it is winter and we are in Melbourne, the weather could be wet and windy – if there is any doubt if the count will run, I will advise with a blog update on Tuesday and Wednesday as required.

Enjoy your weekend!