Hi everyone! I’ve been wanting to talk about what I do besides blogging and reading and bookstagramming. And since I’ve got an awesome job that I love very very much, but will change temporarily from the date that this post is published (if I manage to schedule it on the right day that is :’) ), I felt it was a good time to talk about it!
You see, last November I started as an ecologist. I work for a company that manages huge projects, and I work on what the effects of those projects are on the environment and specifically on protected nature area’s and protected species. My species specialty is bats and that’s exactly the reason why my work is changing so much from this day on.
May 15th marks the start of ‘batseason’, this is where most, if not all, bats are active and we can find foraging area’s, flight patterns and their homes. Batseasons are always very, very active and honestly exhausting. The exhausting part is pretty much because most of the fieldwork is done during the night, or just hen there is no sun, since bats are active during the night. You start with a morning visit, meaning you have to end with sunrise, and calculate back 2 or 3 hours and start then. So I’m going to start next week at approximately 2:50 am, and work until 5:50 am. And then I still need to work to make my 8 hour work day, and get enough sleep.
Thankfully the first few visits always take place between May 15th and July 15th, and the second couple of visits between August 15th and September 15th. I don’t do visits on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and I’m currently allowed to work more than my 40 hours, and overtime will be paid out in extra vacation days (Italy here I come!).
I can understand if this sounds bad to you, I don’t think I’d be able to do it if I didn’t really love bats. I mean, come on. Look at those faces, they’re so cute!
The best thing I’ve experience so far was a building for the elderly that I had to inspect, and around 4:30 in the morning, 42 bats were flying around my had, about to enter one residency. It was absolutely stunning to see all of them going in there so peacefully. I don’t think many people see this, and I felt so lucky to see it (in my first batseason too no less!)
After the field visits, I have to analyse all the sounds I have recorded since you can’t hear bats with human ears. It’s really cool to see that you’ve sometimes missed really quiet sounds.
This is pretty much going to be my life from today onwards.. And while I’m really looking forward to it, I will apologize beforehand if I sometimes miss a day. It’s definitely not easy doing this and I will probably lose a lot of sleep over it. But if you have any questions, you can always message me! And if you have any questions about me that you want me to answer, go right ahead!
Until next time,