Bat Symposium – Sunday the 20th of November - Sure to Inspire!

Batty people are flocking to the ERA conference to take part in what will be yet another fabulous gathering of bat enthusiasts. This is an opportunity to profile sterling bat conservation work happening throughout the country at the prestigious ERA Conference. The symposium will take place on the first day of the conference as part of the Science Open Day, providing an opportunity for scientists and community to engage on this topic.

Symposium Speakers include Debs Martin from Forest and Bird and the infamous NZ Batman, Ben Paris. Hamilton-born bat advocacy group Project Echo will also be contributing to the programme to highlight their community engagement activities. Project Echo and Waikato Tree Trust’s Gerard Kelly has been recognised as inspiring many young people to delve into the wonders of Hamilton’s gullies and get to know our bat friends. Meanwhile Salina Ghazally will accompany Waikato Museum’s ‘Peka the Bat’ as the bat mascot makes a conference debut this year. Dave Bell may also share details of surveying for bats in Taradise (aka Taranaki) over the last four seasons with some pleasing results.

A number of bat field trips are on offer, including an overnight stay to Pureora Forest, an evening at Pukemokemoke Reserve and one to the city’s Hammond Bush. There are limited spots available, so don’t forget to register for these field trips. You can do so by clicking here

Professor Warwick Silvester, who heads the Pukemokemoke restoration project, writes that there have been recent reports by OPUS of some very high numbers of bats in the reserve – now that’s exciting!

REGISTRATIONS: To register for the Bat Symposium, you will need to register via the Conference online form and select the Day Registration type applicable to you. 

Sun, Mon, Tues
On or before 30 September
On or After 1 October
Member $ 285.00 $ 345.00
Non Member $ 325.00 $ 385.00


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION - Closes 1st August 2016:

Submit your bat papers by the 1st of August and be part of making this symposium happen. To submit your abstract please use the main conference abstract submission form here and when you get to the themes page select "Bat Symposium" theme option. If you require any assistance, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



We look forward to seeing you there.

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