Bats are a vital part of our local ecosystem, and lately they’ve been in the news because of dramatic decreases in their populations. Whether you find bats fascinating or frightening, the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) invites you to learn about bats from Nathan Fuller, Ph.D. candidate at Boston University working under the direction of Thomas Kunz, the world’s foremost expert on bats.On Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St.in Groton, Fuller will talk about the work of the BU lab, which has been pioneering bat research for several decades, focusing on bat physiology, reproductive biology, thermal imaging and flight behavior and a new emerging fungal disease of bats known as white nose syndrome. Fuller will give a general overview of these topics, as well as “fun facts” and myths associated with nature’s only flying mammal.
He’ll also cover some specific results of his research including some good news about WNS, bat flight behavior, and a collaborative effort with engineers to develop an autonomous aerial telemetry system.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested for planning purposes. To register, or for information, contact Pam Gilfillan, NRWA Development Associate, at 978-448-0299 or [email protected].