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A Birder's Guide to Understanding Bats

Townsend's Big-Eared Bat by Greg TatarianBats share the ability to fly with birds; much sets the two taxa apart. This presentation will address the decline of bat populations, particularly in California, with a focus on shrinking habitat across the landscape. Participants will get a better understanding of the special life histories and roosting ecology of these unique mammals, learn more about how bats use and depend on roost sites, and gain insights in how we as humans perceive their value. We'll also look at some of the ways we protect bats through regulations, and mitigate direct mortality of bats and loss of bat habitat.

Greg TatarianGreg Tatarian and Trish Tatarian own and operate Wildlife Research Associates - a two-person firm established in 1991 that provides a wide range of wildlife consulting services to agencies, agriculture, developers, businesses, and individuals. Mr. Tatarian is a bat specialist, holder of California Scientific Collection Permit and Additional Authorizations for Research on Bats through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Mr. Tatarian has conducted bat surveys in more than 20 Counties in Central and Northern California. Services include bat habitat assessments, focused surveys for bats, and design and implementation of measures to prevent mortality of bats, and to mitigate for loss of roost habitat. He has conducted hundreds of humane bat evictions and surveyed thousands of structures for bats, and has designed successfully occupied replacement habitat, from bat houses to bridge roosts for several bat species. Mr. Tatarian also has extensive survey and trapping experience special-status amphibians under Mrs. Tatarian's permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

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