When you’re a Hotspot Hero, what can be more exciting than bats, spiders and the chance to explore the Wheatbelt after dark? That was what a group of more than 30 Hotspot Heroes did in Cunderdin at the end of February and gained their Nightcrawler superpower (and souvenir badge) as a result.
After our January attempt at “Bat Night” was foiled by extreme heat, Cunderdin turned a beautiful, mild afternoon and evening for our replacement activity on Saturday 26 February. We were joined by Captain Numbat’s specialist bat expert, Joe Tonga, who imparted his wealth of knowledge on the bats of Western Australia and the Wheatbelt.
Building Batty Homes
Like a lot of our natives species who need tree hollows for shelter (including Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos), bat habitats are getting harder and harder to find. To help combat this, our Hotspot Heroes got on the tools to build six new bat boxes. Some lucky families got to take these home and will place them at their places to see if they can attract bats to their own back yards.
When the sun went down, the group took off for their hike around the golf club. While we didn’t spot any bats flying around the night sky, the group spotted huntsman spiders, a scorpion and found lots of burrows to explore.
What’s Next For Hotspot Heroes
Captain Numbat’s next Hero Training Day in Toodyay will work on developing our Hotspot Heroes’ powers of investigation. For more information about the next fun activity, visit the event page. This is a free event for our Hotspot Heroes. Not a member? Find more information and join for FREE here.
We would like to thank Joe Tonga and Cunderdin Golf Club for helping Captain Numbat put on such a great event. And, of course, a huge thank you to our Hotspot Heroes for their support.