Topic for 2016 events –
the brown long-eared bat
This year’s feature natural element for the Nature Concertall is Plecotus auritus – the brown long-eared bat. One of 16 species of bat found in Latvia of the over 1200 species all over the world. The growth of the population of the brown long-eared bat is slow as only 1 or 2 bats are born from each mother annually. Thus, the survival of each colony of bats and even individual bat is crucial and the Nature Concerthall events on 18 June at Lūznava manor (Rēzekne region) and on 1 July at Zaļenieku manor (Jelgava region) will provide information and inspiration on how you can help!
Bats are conservative animals that use the same places for their homes generation after generation and that use specific landscape elements for their flights to feeding places and during their migration. They are also very sensitive to changes in their environment. as well as they are the object of many superstitions and misinformation people have about their behaviour and characteristics.
During the 2016 events you’ll be able to become more acquainted with the bat species in Latvia and learn more about the secrets in their lives. You will also gain information and practical skills to participate in researching and protected these fascinating creatures.
The Nature Concerthall team has already actively begun work on their own research to ensure that the musical performance tantalizes your sensibilities in order for you to experience the bat world in the best way on 18 June and 1 July of this year. We already visited bat caves (the non-fictional kind) at the end 2015 and earlier this year to see the spots some of them use over the winter period.
The event will be organised by “Nature Concerthall” in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy Agency of Latvia, the University of Latvia, University of Agriculture of Latvia, the local municipalities of the Rēzekne and Jelgava regions, as well as with contributions from private individuals and many volunteers.
This year’s scientists are bat experts, chiropterologists Dr. Biol. Viesturs Vintulis, and Dr. biol. Gunārs Pētersons.
The event is supported by the Latvian Environmental Protection Fund.