Park Talk: Batman Presents


The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation would like to thank Dr. Robert Barclay on his fascinating park talk. We learned an incredible amount! Barclay really captivated the audience with spectacular photos of the global diversity of bats. He showed us the species of bats living in Canada, explained their notable adaptations/ life cycles, and even brought two small brown bats as live specimens.

We had planned a short walk to listen to some of Glenbow Ranch Parks local bats following the presentation. We didn’t have to walk far, as the moment we left our outdoor classroom we saw bats flying overhead right on cue! The real treat was being able to listen to the echolocation of both the captured bats and the bats flying overhead. Who knew that Bats change their echo from a click to a buzz when hunting insects?

Thank you again, Dr. Barclay!

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Please note that this presentation is at the park! It will be held in our new three-season outdoor tent at a later than usual hour (see blue box below). To get to the tent from the parking lot, follow the paved road into the “staff only” area. There is no A/C or heating, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Robert “Batman” Barclay will use photos to introduce the tremendous global diversity of bats, the types of bats that live in Alberta, their unique adaptations and life cycle, and some of the challenges they currently face, including white-nose syndrome (a fungal disease) and fatalities at wind turbines.

His talk will be followed (weather permitting) by a walk with bat detectors to listen to local bats as they feed in the park. You may want a flashlight for your walk back to the parking lot.

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Accessibility notes for this park talk:

Accessibility to the tent is easier than to the VIC. It is a short, flat walk (100 Meters) on the paved road into the “staff only” area behind the VIC.

The walking tour is very short in nature as well as we will be walking just in front of the VIC as we listen to the bats flying overhead and in the Tiger Lily traverse.

If you have further questions, please drop us a line or give us a call.

About the Presenter: 

Robert Barclay
Biological Sciences Department
University of Calgary

Robert “Batman” Barclay is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary. He teaches in the ecology and the zoology programs as well as in the first year introductory courses. He and his students study the ecology, behaviour and conservation biology of various organisms, primarily bats. The research focuses on the basic biology of bats, the impact of wind energy and forestry on bats, and how these nocturnal mammals survive in Northern Canada.

July 24, 2018
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Talk
9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Bat Walk
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park (outdoor tent)
255001 Glenbow RoadPlease consider a donation to help support the Park Talks programDonate


255001 Glenbow Road
Cochrane, Alberta T4C 0B7
Phone: 403-851-9053

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The park is open for your enjoyment Sunrise to Sunset every day of the year.

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Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm* on weekends over the fall and winter pending volunteer availability.





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