Off to a great start!

34 species, over a third of Panama’s 100+ bat species have been captured by our intrepid bat enthusiasts in just three nights!

Rebecca Edwards and Melissa Donnelly are raising the triple-high, while Fiona Parker looks on. This is a special rig to catch the freetail bats (high flyers) coming in to drink.

 

Fieldwork is teamwork! Melissa Donnelly and Daniel Hargreaves upright the triple-high net pole, while Fiona Parker and Baptiste Chadeyron open a mist net.

 

 

 

Processing team trio: Mary Smith weighs the bats, Karen Slote measures the bats’ forearm, and Mindy Vescovo enters all the data.

 

 

 

Melissa Donnelly has lots of experience catching bats and processing them. Here she trains Gretchen VanCleave, Maria Serrano, and Mindy Vescovo how to process the bats caught.

Merlin is set up for bat portraits, after bats are processed. Maria Seranno, Daniel Hargreaves, and Baptiste Chadeyron are checking out the setup.

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Serrano, a teacher and photographer, practices taking bat portraits.
Merlin assists Gretchen VanCleave in hand-feeding a fruit bat a sweet drink before release.

The bat list as of Day 3:

1 Artibeus intermedius

2 Artibeus jamaicensis

3 Artibeus lituratus

4 Artibeus phaeotis

5 Artibeus toltecus

6 Artibeus watsoni

7 Carollia brevicauda

8 Carollia castanea

9 Carollia perspicillata

10 Chiroderma salvini

11 Chiroderma villosum

12 Cynomops greenhalli

13 Desmodus rotundus

14 Eptesicus brasiliensis

15 Eumops auripendulus

16 Glossophaga commissarisi

17 Glossophaga soricina

18 Lichonycteris obscura

19 Lonchophylla robusta

20 Micronycteris microtis

21 Molossus molossus

22 Myotis albescens

23 Myotis riparius

24 Noctilio albiventris

25 Noctilio leporinus

26 Phyllostomus hastatus

27 Platyrrhinus helleri

28 Pteronutus parnellii

29 Pteropteryx macrotis

30 Rhogeessa tumida

31 Rhynchonycteris naso

32 Saccopteryx bilineata

33 Uroderma bilobatum

34 Vampyrodes caraccioli