In 2012 for the first time in Ukraine International
bat night is celebrated with opened for everybody events at once
in five cities: Kamyanets-Podilsky, Kyiv, Lviv, Luhansk and Kharkov.
International Bat Night in the city of Kamyanets-Podilsky
was celebrated on 12 September. In this date an opened for everybody
excursion through the old city park had a place. Participants have
an opportunity to hear a lecture about bats, to see hunting bats
and to hear them through bat-detectors.
Organisers: research officer of the National natural
park “Podilski Tovtry” Mykhailo Drebet with colleagues: Artem Grygorchuk,
Vadym Martynjuk and Olena Demjanova.
In Kyiv Bat Night – 2012 was celebrated on 15 September
with opened meeting in “Feofaniya” Park. The event started with
the illustrated lecture (in the auditorium of the Megapolis Research
Centre). The second part of the meeting included an excursion. During
the walk through the park participants had observed bats and heard
them with aid of bat-detectors.
Organisers: Lena Godlevska, Maria Ghazali (Institute
of Zoology, NAS Ukraine), Volodymyr Tyshchenko (National University
of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine).
The meeting was carried out with assistance of Research
centre of megapolis ecomonitoring and biodiversity, NAS Ukraine.
In Lviv International Bat Night was celebrated on
10 September. In the evening there was an educational excursion,
opened for all, through “Pogulyanka” Park. Participants talked about
bat, observed them and listened through ultrasound detectors.
Organisers: Oleksandr Kusnezh (Lviv National University).
The first International Bat Night in Kharkiv took
place in the Kharkiv Zoo on 16 September 2012. At 17.30 p.m. 148
people (schoolchildren, young naturalists, students, pensioners,
parents with children, university and zoo officers) have come to
zooclub hall of the Kharkiv Zoo. Bat experts – Alona Gukasova (Kharkiv
Zoo), Anton Vlaschenko (Kharkiv National University) and Ksenia
Kravchenko (Wroclaw University) – made a multimedia presentation
about bats and peculiarities of bat life in cities. Visitors were
divided into two groups and besides lecture about bats, participants
of Bat Night made an excursion through the evening Zoo, listening
the story about another night animals.
During the lecture we told people about amazing
world of bats, their diversity and what to do when you find a bat.
After that we demonstrated alive bats (a soprano pipistrelle bat,
a pond bat, a brown long-eared bat and Egyptian flying fox). Then
we made an excursion to mass bat hibernation places in the city
center – in buildings of Kharkiv National University and Derjprom.
Participants could hear sounds of bats in flight due to bat detectors.
At the end of the event the most active participants went to Kharkiv
forest-park where they saw natural roosts of bats – hollows in trees
and bats which were hunting in the warm evening.
It was delightful that on Sunday evening citizens
of Kharkiv really enjoyed study one of the most mysterious groups
of animals – bats!
Compilation: L. Godlevska