WILD About Bats!
March 13, 2019
3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern time
If you missed the webinar, you can view it here
WHO: Formal and non-formal educators grades Pre-K -12.
Join us for this webinar on bats! Bat expert, Maria Brown, an educator who also consults with Wildlife Acoustics, will take us on a journey into the world of bats. You will learn about:
- Misconceptions of bats
- Ecosystem services provided by bats
- Impact of climate change on bats
- How to engage your students in an evening bat walk
- Using bat detectors in an educational setting
Additionally, you will hear from Project WILD Coordinators Jen Dennison (Ohio) and Lori Adams (Idaho) and learn about Project WILD resources on bats, pollinators, and nocturnal animals.
If you want to order the Echo Meter Touch before the webinar, you can find it here.
Maria Brown, MS, PWS, GISP
Sayville High School – Science Research Teacher
Stony Brook University – Lecturer
Maria Brown received a Masters of Science from Long Island University in Environmental Science. She received a BS in Geology and a BA in Biology from CUNY, Queens College. She worked as an Environmental Scientist and Certified Professional Wetland Scientist for 10 years in local engineering and consulting firms before becoming a science teacher at Sayville High School in 1999. She is certified in general science, biology and Earth science (7-12), and taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science for 7 years. She has been the full time Science Research teacher at Sayville since 2007 and is a New York State Master Teacher. Maria is also is a Certified Geospatial Analyst and has been teaching courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Stony Brook University since 2011. She received the Long Island Secondary Educator of the Year Award in 2014 and the Stony Brook University Chancellor’s Award for Adjunct Teaching this past January. Maria began studying bats in Costa Rica in 2007 with her high school students and has continued to study bat biodiversity and distribution in the Peruvian Amazon, South Africa, Madagascar, Baja Mexico, and the continental USA. Her research interests include spatial ecology with her most recent work focused on neotropical bats in the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve, Peru, bat activity reduction in response to pesticide spraying on Long Island, as well as spatial data resolution for the Global Bat Taxonomy Working Group. She has conducted 32 educational presentations, workshops, and outreach events on bats and the use of Wildlife Acoustic’s Echo Meter Touch technology K-12 and beyond!
Jen Dennison is the Wildlife Education Coordinator and the Acting Information and Education Administrator for the ODNR-Division of Wildlife (DOW). Jen has been with the DOW for over 21 years, and in her current position for 18 years. She has a BS in Environmental Education, Communications and Interpretation with a Specialization in Wildlife Management from The Ohio State University. She is the state Project WILD Coordinator, ODNR Advisor to the Environmental Education Council of Ohio’s Executive Board, the ODNR Representative to the Ohio EPA’s OEEF Board, and a Network Regional Leader for Science for Ohio Department of Education. She has worked in the EE field for over 24 years in various education and leadership positions.
Mammal Guides for Ohio
Ohio Biological Survey Bat Book
Lori Adams, Idaho Project WILD Coordinator & Aquatic Education Coordinator, has been in the teaching field for nearly 30 years. Twelve of those years in a traditional classroom setting and 17 in her current position at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
For all the resources Lori shared during her presenation, click here.
Wondering which Project WILD activities can aid in teaching and learning about bats?
Here’s a list of elementary level activities from Project WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide, with suggestions for modifying each activity to focus on bats:
- Bat Blitz—In this activity, students simulate bats feeding on insects and perform calculations to learn about one of the roles bats play in an ecosystem (no modifications necessary).
- Adaptation Artistry—This classic Project WILD activity focuses on adaptations of birds. With modification to focus on bat adaptations (such as ability of flight, membranes as part of wing structure, use of sonar, nocturnal feeding, and hibernation) students design and create imaginary bats and then write reports including descriptions of their invented bat species' unique adaptations.
- Bird Song Survey—With use of a bat detector app, conduct a “Bat Call Survey.”
- Fabled Fauna—Hone in on bats to explain how different representations of bats can influence people’s feelings about bats.
- First Impressions—Learners respond to images of bats and other animals and consider why people feel the way they do about those animals.
- Interview a Spider—Research and interview native bat species in a mock web talk show.