We will be exploring up close photographs of bats which illustrate the diversity of this amazing group as well as the details of their structure and function. Join Dr. Brock Fenton to learn about the bats of Ontario (including High Park) and elsewhere. The specific topics we’ll focus on will range from details of bats’ faces (eyes, ears, mouths), how they look, and what this could mean!
This talk will be followed by a guided Urban Bat Walk starting at 8:45pm.
Ages: Adults and youth 10 years and up.
“M.B.” (Brock) Fenton received his Ph.D. in 1969 for work in the ecology and behaviour of bats. Since then he has held academic positions at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada 1969 to 1986), York University (Toronto, Canada 1986 to 2003) and the University of Western Ontario (2003 to present). He has published over 200 papers in refereed journals (most of them about bats), as well as numerous nontechnical contributions. He has written four books about bats intended for a general audience (Just bats 1983, University of Toronto Press; Bats 1992 – revised edition 2001 Facts On File Inc; and The bat: wings in the night sky 1998, Key Porter Press; Fenton and Simmons 2014 Bats: a world of science and mystery Univ of Chicago press). He continues his research on the ecology and behaviour of bats, with special emphasis on echolocation and evolution. He currently is an Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. He was inducted as a Fellow of the Royals Society of Canada (FRSC) in November 2014.
Support for the Backyard Biodiversity Summer Speaker Series is provided by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.