Bats in your backyard? A new project is tracking them

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The Hoary bat has been spotted in Angelenos’ backyards recently. Photo by Charles Hood

LA is home to 16 known species of bats. They are pollinators. They provide pest control. And they help keep diseases from spreading by eating lots of mosquitoes. But most of what we know about bats comes from studying them in the wild. Now there’s a large-scale study of bat behaviour in urban and suburban LA called the Backyard Bat Survey.

“That’s really great to see how resilient these species are, even the more sensitive ones. And it gives us hope that bat conservation is possible here in the LA area,” says Miguel Ordeñana, manager of the Community Science Program at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Credits

Guest:
Miguel Ordeñana - manager of the Community Science Program at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Nihar Patel