Estimate the number of bats making up Kasankas’ mega-colony
Getting a scientific estimate of how many bats visit Kasanka annually is crucial to track changes over time, and to determine the importance of these creature to the ecosystem. In order to do this, the team set up 10 GoPro cameras around the bat forest to record the fly out. The team will use these videos, in combination with a very clever software, to count the bats moving in one direction across the screen. Since 10 cameras only cover a small portion of the area around the bat forest, these estimates will then be extrapolated. This method will not give an absolute number of bats in the colony, but an estimate with a degree of error from data that has been systematically collected using a standardized method. From this information researchers can estimate how important Straw-Colored Fruit Bats are to the greater Kasanka landscape as a result of their seed dispersal and pollination potential. Kasanka plans to use this method to count the bats annually, ensuring key information for their conservation is always available.
Tag some bats in order to understand their migration movements better
Use a drone to study the emergence patterns of the bats when leaving the roost