The MEGA Murray Darling Microbat Project is a citizen science partnership project funded by the Australian Government under the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme, the grant will enable the South Australian Museum to partner with the community and collect information on the lives of the microbats of the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin region.
There is still much to learn about the 16 microbat species in this region, first their current conservation status and second the links between species diversity, habitat type and condition.
The South Australian Museum is partnering with the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board, the University of South Australia and local Landcare associations, to teach community members how to survey for bats. This project uses ultrasonic bat detectors which record the calls of bats flying past during the night, each species has an individual call pattern, from these recordings the scientists can tell which species were present.
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