Over Our Heads
Have you ever heard a bat? You probably haven’t. While bats are all around us, their presence goes practically undetected because of their nocturnal habits and silent (to us, at least) echolocation. We talk with Natural History Museum (NHM) Wildlife Biologist and Community Science Manager Miguel Ordeñana about how bats help start conversations about conservation in neighborhoods all across L.A., and the Gottlieb Native Garden’s naturalist Scott Logan shares his recordings allowing us to go beyond the limits of human hearing to get a sense of what bat calls really sound like.
More about NHM’s Be a Bat Detector Program: https://nhm.org/stories/be-bat-detector
More about how to attract bats to your backyard (including DIY plans for bat houses): https://www.batcon.org/about-bats/bat-houses/
For more information about programs at the L.A. Zoo, visit lazoo.org
BiodiverCity is made possible with support from The Gottlieb Native Garden.
Dr Jake Owens, Director of Conservation, Los Angeles Zoo
Diane Shader Smith
Brenda Scott Royce
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