|Goal||Identify behaviors of lesser long-nosed bats at their roost.|
|Task||Watch short videos and identify the behaviors you see.|
|Where||Online only Arizona BatWatch|
This project creates a website where scientists and the public work together to study the behavior of lesser long-nosed bats as the bats enter and exit a roost located in Arizona. Participants watch videos and identify the behaviors they see.
The Talk section provides a forum for collaboration and discussion. All participants are encouraged to post interesting behaviors they find, share comments about their observations, or ask questions about the project. Educational resources and links to other bat-related websites are also available.
Most research around bat roosts focuses on timing (when bats exit the roost in the evening or return in the morning) and how often they come and go during the night. Little to no research focuses on what the bats are doing as they come and go. Scientists know that many species of bats will spend time flying in circles either inside the roost or outside the roost. But little is known beyond that general observation.
We are asking the public to help us watch the videos and record the behaviors they see because lots of eyes can watch the videos faster than just one or two scientists. By working together, we can process the videos faster and learn more about the bats’ behaviors.
One exciting aspect of the project is that there is so much to learn about bat behaviors in the wild. This leaves lots of room for discovery and participants may notice new behaviors that scientists didn’t know about.
|Project Timing||You can participate in this project at any time.|
|Ideal Age Group||Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Average Time||Less than an hour|
|Spend the Time||indoors|
|Type of Activity||On a lunch break, Exclusively online, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At home|
|Tags||animal behavior, arizona, bats, behavior, coronado national memorial, lesser long-nosed bat, lesser long-nosed bats, national parks, national park service, pollinators|
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