Whilst on a recent overseas trip to the west coast of United States, I (Rob) was invited to assist Vashon Nature Center (Vashon Island; Seattle) with their annual Bioblitz. The Vashon Nature Center (VNC) is a community focused organisation providing environmental education and facilitating citizen science projects. The Bioblitz runs for 24-hours and targets a wide range of species, both terrestrial and aquatic. My involvement was the first opportunity for VNC to address the gap in knowledge of the bat species present on the island.
Prior to giving a bat presentation, we set up 2 bat detectors, one at a wetland in the forested area of the public school and one where a stream flows into the sea. These were left overnight and analysed after returning to Australia. We have potentially doubled (6) the number of species previously known to occur on the island.
Please visit the VNC's website, Bianca, Maria, and their team of collaborators are doing wonderful stuff on the island; follow the link: http://vashonnaturecenter.org/