Learn to Track Flowers for Bats
The lesser long-nosed bat travels north from Mexico each year to summer in Southern Arizona while raising its young. The bats rely on nectar, pollen, and fruits from local cactus and succulents. The US Fish & Wildlife Service and the USA National Phenology Network seek to understand whether the flowering time of these species is changing. You can help by tracking the flowering of saguaro and other plants in your yard or by adopting a trail in the Tucson area. Learn how to get involved with this training at the Gardens!Sign up for this class
We will spend a half hour inside going over the Flowers for Bats program and how it helps the lesser long-nosed bat. We will spend one hour outside in the Gardens learning to identify agaves, making observations of saguaros, and learning how to use the Nature’s Notebook mobile apps and paper datasheets. We will spend the final half hour back inside learning how to set up sites online, add plants, and enter paper datasheets online.
1. Understand what Flowers for Bats is and why it helps the lesser long-nosed bat.
2. Practice how to make phenology observations with Nature’s Notebook.
3. Understand the differences in how to observe saguaros and agaves.
4. Practice how to create an observation site in Nature’s Notebook, add plants, and enter data.
Registration includes admission to the Gardens which is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Class availability limitations: Full
National Phenology Network
The USA National Phenology Network supports science, natural resource management, and communication by providing data, tools, and resources and by connecting people.