A while ago I was able to search for bats in the Val Müstair. I took part of the InternationalWildlifResearchWeek (IWRW) of Swiss Youth In Sience. We were about 24 young people from different european countries.
On the first day we arrived at the house. The second day contained more sportive activity, for our tutors showed us the environment were we would spend the rest of the week. They also made some suggestions what we could do research on. As the word bat was spoken I immediately knew what I would do research on, if I could find at least one other interested person. Gladly I did! A girl from Germany and a girl from Switzerland were happy to join me with the bats. ^0^ (<-bat) Now we had to find out what we wanted to find out. (confusing! 😉 ) Luckily our tutor worked with bats. With a little help we decided to find out how the amount of bats increases at different altitudes. If you are interested in our work please click here. You will find the reports on all the projects (but only one bat-report 🙂 )
The following three days we spent sleeping until noon. Then we ate breakfast and made our lunch ready. In the evening we went out side to search for the bats. Since we were the first group ever to do research on bats it was a new experience for every one. It was a very good experience! The world is truly different when it`s night!
Once we had to walk through a cow meadow with mother cows. We found out that a bull was on that meadow! Luckily the cows were very calm and didn`t do anything to us. In fact the only scary thing that happened was the black bull standing up as we walked past him. He neatly scared us to death because we didn`t see him… That night we weren`t shure if a thunderstorm would come or not. We actually saw lighting behind a mountain really near to us. We knew that the weather can change really quickly in the mountains so we called our tutor. She assured us, that every thing was safe. It was safe. The thunderstorm did not come. ^0^ We spent the last two days on our report and the presentation.
The last night I stayed awake with a girl from Estonia and a boy from the Czech Republic. We had a lovely time talking. I admire those people. I have never met anyone like them before.
I still think about that week. The friends I have made there. I can only recommend do go there, if you have got the possibility to. And I can recommend to check out your environment at night. You`ll discover things new.