The Australasian Bat Society is inviting members to our Ghost Bat Blitz at Pine Creek in the Northern Territory from the 12-18 May 2023. During this time, the Society will also host its Financial Annual General Meeting (FAGM) on the 14th May 2023.
The Ghost Bat Blitz will take place in the Pine Creek region of the Northern Territory and will include an exciting field program of acoustic and video monitoring of fly-outs from current and historical Ghost Bat roosts, and harp trapping/mist netting to collect reference calls from as many as 20 echolocating bat species that potentially occur in the area.
The Australasian Bat Society’s FAGM will be held in conjunction with the Ghost Bat Blitz on Sunday 14 May. Members not attending the Bat Blitz will be able to join the FAGM via video conference at no cost.
Key Dates and Information
Dates: Friday 12th - Thursday 18th May 2023
FAGM: Sunday 14th May 2023
Venue: Agnico Eagle mine camp (labelled as 'Crocodile Gold Pine Creek camp' on Google Maps.)
Cost: $213.08* (includes food and accommodation)
Full details: Download the Information Sheet
*$200 for registration and $13.08 Eventbrite fee
Unfortunately, children under the age of 18 cannot stay at the camp. Please contact us if you want to discuss alternative options.
Registration for the Ghost Bat Blitz (including ABS FAGM) is now open. Registration includes accommodation in Pine Creek and breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the duration of the field trip. Attendees will be responsible for organising their own flights, 4x4 vehicles and fuel. Those who are unable to attend for the full duration of the field trip are encouraged to contact the organising committee to discuss options.
Closing date for registrations: Friday 17 March (places limited)
Ghost Bat Workshop
After the Ghost Bat blitz, a workshop to inform recovery planning for the Ghost Bat will be held in Darwin on Friday 19 May. Workshop attendees will include stakeholders with relevant knowledge, experience and expertise of Ghost Bats. If you feel you can contribute to the workshop, please send an expression of interest via the enquiries emails below.
Enquries and Further Details
For more details on Ghost Bat Blitz, please download the information sheet
We are grateful to Agnico Eagle Mines for providing the accommodation for the field trip and the N.T. Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security for providing logistical support. Faunatech is also a proud sponsor of the Ghost Bat Blitz event. If you would like to sponsor the Bat Blitz, please contact Nicola or Laura at the email addresses above.