Unfortunately, three of the roosts with automated monitoring systems were abandoned (probably due to house renovation) but we installed two other automated monitoring systems. I also had the opportunity to present my PhD project to the scientific community – good practice with a lot of interesting questions.
In addition, I helped Sebas for a parallel project. As a pilot study for his master thesis, we equipped these bats with heart-rate and temperature transmitters. The bats were kept in captivity and video-taped. This preliminary data will help understanding the relationship between heart-rate, temperate and clustering prevalence. My fieldwork season is over but Sebas will stay until early September to operate more trials and continue this project in November-December, when we both go back for a new fieldwork season.