Microbats explained

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THEY might be among the most common animals in our backyards, but they are also among the least seen.

Microbat expert Dr Casey Visintin will reveal much about these flying animals during a talk at the Australian Garden Auditorium, Cranbourne Gardens.

Microbats are among the most common animals in our backyards and in bushland. They come out at night to feed on insects.

Children are much more likely to hear their high-pitched squeaks at night than adults.

Microbats use echo-location (sonar) to navigate and hunt and consume huge numbers of insects each night, including mosquitoes and other pest insects. Through the day they roost in tree hollows or crevices in tree bark.

Dr Visintin will talk about these important animals and there will be an opportunity to see one or two living microbats up close.

This lecture is in school holidays so children are welcome to bring along parents and grandparents.

Bookings: www.rbgfriendscranbourne.org.au. Cost (including refreshments): members $20; non-members $25; students $10.

The Australian Garden Auditorium is at Cranbourne Gardens, corner Botanic Drive and Ballarto roads Cranbourne.

First published in the Mornington News – 18 September 2018

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