Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Nature Talk – Thursday April 15, 2021 – Acoustic Research on Bats


Can you hear what I hear?



This presentation by Toby Thorne of the Toronto Zoo will contain a synopsis of the Zoo’s bat research in the Rouge Valley Urban National Park. Following a quick recap on bats in Ontario and the threats they face, he will delve into bat acoustics and how to collect and interpret the data. His presentation will also summarize species occurrence, spatial activity patterns, temporal activity patterns and behaviour gleaned from this research.

Toby has worked on the Native Bat Conservation Program at the Toronto Zoo since 2016. He caught his first bat at the age of eleven, and hasn’t looked back. He spent his teenage years hanging around the woodlands and churchyards of southern England learning about bat biology and how to study them. He studied biological sciences at the University of Oxford, including an honours project examining social relationships among bats in a long-term banding study. He moved to Canada in 2013 to undertake a research master’s investigating bat migration around the Great Lakes, supervised by Dr. Brock Fenton. Since completing his master’s he has remained in Ontario, working on a variety of bat conservation programs, and authoring a field guide to the bats of the province.

This presentation will be on Zoom. To participate all you need to do is to register by filling in this form. A link for the meeting will be sent to you the day before the presentation.

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: :6:45 p.m. for socializing & familiarization with Zoom