Bat Night

Join us Tuesday June 18 from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Gamboa Lab for Bat Night. We’ll share current research, discuss bat sensory and cognitive adaptations, and talk about bats’ diverse range of social systems and foraging ecologies, and the critical roles bats play in maintaining balanced ecosystems. You’ll have the opportunity to join us in the adjacent rainforest to see how we untangle bats from mistnets, and visit STRI’s Gamboa Laboratory, where we’ll take a look at a variety of different bat species up close.

General information


The event will start at 7pm and run until roughly 8:30pm. We will have a small shuttle running back and forth between the Gamboa Rainforest Resort and the Gamboa Laboratory during this time. For those who prefer to walk, it’s a 20 min walk from the Gamboa Rainforest Resort to the Gamboa Laboratory. 


Please wear close-toed shoes and long pants, and bring a headlight or some other type of light if you have one (the light on your cell phone is also fine). You’ll have the option to join us in the forest to see how we untangle bats from mistnets. But if you don’t want to join the forest part, we’ll also bring all the bats we capture back to the lab so you can see them up close (and take slow motion videos of them in flight as we release them!).

More about the Smithsonian Bat Lab

The Smithsonian Bat Lab is a group of researchers from all over the world who come together to study bats in the forests around Barro Colorado Island, Soberanía National Park, and beyond. The group is led by STRI staff scientist Rachel Page ( and Bat Lab manager, Gregg Cohen ( To learn more about our monthly bat nights, including what to expect at the BCI100 Bat Night, see

Elisabeth Kalko Memorial Fellowship Fund

In memory of our wonderful colleague and bat researcher extraordinaire, STRI has established a fellowship fund in honor of Elisabeth Kalko, who conducted groundbreaking work on bats on Barro Colorado Island. At the BCI100 Bat Night, we’ll have bat books, bat t-shirts and bat stickers for sale, with all proceeds going to the Kalko Fellowship to fund the next generation of bat researchers in the tropics. To learn more, see