Robert Barclay is back for a second straight year! Last year he left quite an imperssion as his presentation included live bats! This year his presentation 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. The talk will be followed (weather permitting) by a walk with bat detectors to listen to local bats as they feed in the park.
Robert 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, but primarily bats. The research focuses on the basic biology of bats, but also on the impact of wind energy, and forestry on bats, and how these nocturnal mammals make a living in Northern Canada.