Field notes: Batting it out in Morogoro

HALI is working with a star PhD student from UC Davis, Nistara Randhawa, on a project using sensors and satellite collars to track fruit bat movement and migration patterns in areas where our field teams are sampling bats for potentially zoonotic viruses. She shared a great update from the field of her work capturing and collaring fruit bats...

Here are some pictures from yesterday's session. We've got some local people helping hold long bamboo poles so we can catch the bats (else they were flying too high - although more often then not, they just fly over and below the net now). The collaring went smooth (and we used adhesives for one).... The colorful net thing is kind of like a beach house for the bats, where we put them till they get sedated or recovered. Today we sampled 22 bats... tomorrow we sample some more, and then head towards Iringa/Udekwa.