Bats of Central California

Curator, Paul Collins, will speak about bats and their characteristics and life.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Animals - Pets, Nature Talk


The only mammals capable of unassisted flight are bats. They are unique among mammals in that they use high frequency calls to help orient at night while searching for and capturing night flying insects. Next to rodents bats are the next most abundant order of mammals world wide. The bat fauna of the Central Coast region will be the focus of this evening talk. The unique characteristics of bats will be discussed including their morphology, taxonomy, biogeography, breeding biology, and ecology. Each of the bats that have been observed within the Central Coast region will be described and unique aspects of their biology will be discussed.

Speaker: Paul Collins
Paul Collins is Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History where he has worked for the past 40 years as one of the Museum’s research scientists and curators. Paul received a BA degree in Zoology at the University of California Santa Barbara in 1971 and an MA in Zoology from the same university in 1982. Paul’s research has focused on the wildlife of the Central Coast region with an emphasis in the biota of the Channel Islands. He has conducted focused research on a wide variety of terrestrial vertebrates of this region and has authored numerous publications and contract reports on the results of these studies. He worked intensively on bats during a two year study for the U. S. Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base and has continued studying bats in Central California since completion of that study.


Phone: 805-964-1468

Event posted Oct. 3, 2013
Last updated Oct. 3, 2013


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