Thanks to those who made it to Doveton and/or Yarra Bend this week. For the first time, both camps have similar numbers of bats – about 16,000 – 18,000 in each On this tally, Yarra Bend can’t be considered the primary camp in Melbourne anymore!
Next counts are 3rd and 4th March, at Doveton and Yarra Bend, respectively.
And there are two bat events coming up in the next few weeks. I am giving a breakfast talk to the Earthwatch Alumni and Friends (open to anyone!) about the Flying Foxes of Melbourne on Monday 23rd Feb in Melbourne and for those with an artistic flair, why not join fellow bat-counter and artist Kathy Holowko in her Brunswick studio and help sculpt 200 flying-foxes for the “Batmania” installation at Fed Square? Further details on both events are below:
Join us to hear one of our Earthwatch scientists, Dr Rodney van der Ree, reveal all about Melbourne’s bats – from the Botanic Gardens to Yarra Bend, and beyond.
on Monday 23 February, 8.30am – 9.30am
at Deakin University Melbourne Corporate Centre
3rd Floor, Deloitte Building, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne
A light breakfast will be served
Call in on your way to work, drop by to learn something new from our scientist while meeting up with other Earthwatch Alumni and friends, please join us. There will be a $20 entry charge to cover costs.
If you have any questions please call 9016 7590
For catering purposes please RSVP email@example.com
You are invited to join artist Kathy Holowko in a bat making workshop at her Brunswick studio.
A colony of 200 fruit bat sculptures will be installed in the Atrium of Federation Square from March 28 to April 28, 2015. You can make an addition to this public installation by helping create a bat sculpture through a guided process with the artist. Get creative, get your hands dirty with simple casting techniques, and have some fun. Maybe you will be able to spot your bat in the installation at Federation Square?
Numbers are limited to 10 to 15 per session so be sure to email your requested date asap. This opportunity is being offered to bat friends before going public.
Email with your name and preferred date to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 19th February 6.00-7.30pm or Sunday Feb 22 2-4pm
This project is supported by the City of Melbourne 2015 Arts Grants Program