The new group arrived successfully and with bells on for Week 2.
We have three bats in training. Merlin trained a hairy big-eared bat (Micronycteris hirsuta) for photography. Within 15 minutes it was flying to his hand on call, rewarded with meal worms. Janell Cannon, the famous author of Stellaluna, trained a white-throated round-eared bat (Lophostoma silvicolum) to eat from her hand. Her bat has a very calm temperament. Alexis and Amy trained a Niceforo’s big-eared bat (Trinycteris nicefori) for photography, a very sweet and eager gal.
We’ve radio tagged a hairy big-eyed bat (Chiroderma vilosum). Because of unexpected rain in the dry season, combined with rugged terrain, we have yet to find it.
We’ve been hiking every day and netting every night, even in the rain. At 3 AM today we caught our 52nd species. In just its first two nights, our second group caught over 143 bats, including 5 common vampires, (Desmodus rotundus) over several days. Total bats to date – about 511!!
Rained all night on Thursday and all day on Friday. Merlin gave a conservation lecture during a thunder storm, forcing him to pause because of the intense sound caused by thunder and torrential rain.