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Since November 1994 a group of volunteers, led by Natasha Schedvin, has monitored monthly a set of roost boxes for bats in the valley of Jackson’s Creek along the Maribyrnong River at the Organ Pipes National Park. The group started with 10 boxes which has risen to 40 and in that time have registered 7,500 bat captures of six species being recorded. The majority being Gould’s Wattled Bats. The bats have now been through 10 breeding seasons with the basic population growing from 35 in 1994-5 to over 200 now. The many people who have joined the project are learning much about the lives of bats which make up the majority of mammal species in Australia.

The people seen here in the background of this picture are capturing the micro bats nesting in this particular bat box. Every month the bats in every bat box are captured, identified, counted, monitored, weighed and then released after dark.

Images of each of the animals in this exhibition are available to purchase in a high resolution format. All enquiries should be directed to or by telephone on +613 9318 3544.



Peter Haffenden, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West
concept and production

Kevin Wood, Ecowise Consultants
research and text

Kerrie Poliness, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West
photography, exhibition design, reasearch and digital construction

The following organizations and individuals have contributed to the material in this exhibition through input with research, text, images, finding and naming animals and other activities.

Joan Clark, Zoology Dept, Melbourne University
electron microscopy

Denise and Katherine, Ecowise Consultants
mud analysis and microscope work

Paul Paton, Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages
Aboriginal names

Karen Jackson, Moondani Balluk, Victoria University
Aboriginal names

Rhys Coleman, Melbourne Water
frog distribution

Dr Greg Parry, MAFRI
marine organisms

Dr Chris Walsh, Monash Uni/CRC FE (Ph. 9905 4091)
freshwater shrimp, estuarine ecology

Dr Richard Marchant, Museum of Victoria
estuarine ecology

Dr Gary Poore, Museum of Victoria
marine ecology

Lindy Lumsden, Arthur Rylah Institute, DSE

Andy Stephens, EPA
estuarine ecology

Leon Metzling, EPA
estuarine ecology

Graham Rooney, Melbourne Water

Assoc. Professor Geoffrey Wescott
Deakin University

Michael Patti, local researcher
finding and identifying fish species

Natasha Schedvin, Friends of the Organ Pipes
finding and identifying bats

Robert Bender, Friends of the Organ Pipes
bat text

Janine Hill, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West
title development

Gavin Somerville, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West
finding and identifying animals in Pipemakers Park

Brett Hosie, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West
finding and identifying animals in Pipemakers Park

Libby McKinnon, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West
wetlands photography

Warwick Somerville, Maribyrnong River Cruises
seal photography

Tamara Wright
crab photography

Kate Pahlow, Werribee Zoo Education Centre
frog information

Kwai Chang-Kum, Werribee Zoo
photographer for the Pobblebonk Frog and the Growling Grass Frog

Pol McMahon, local artist and environmentalist
identifying plant species

David Tran, D & K Live Seafoods, Footscray
assisting with eel photography

The picture of the indigenous river rat has been supplied by the Melbourne Aquarium

Peter Somerville, Maribyrnong River Cruises

Ian Hunter, elder of the Wurundjeri peopleCarol Briggs, elder of the Bunurong people.

EPA Victoria
Gould LeagueMelbourne Aquarium
Healesville Sanctuary
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Zoo
Ecowise Consultants
Museum of VictoriaAustralia MuseumDepartment of Primary Industries, VictoriaProduced by Melbourne's Living Museum of the West, 2005