For the 69th series of PYCF, we had invited Dr Pushpa Raj Acharya, Conservation Biologist. The programme started with the welcome note and brief introduction of the speaker by Mr Saroj Basnet, EGH coordinator. Dr Acharya had his presentation on the title, “Bat Research and Conservation Issues in Nepal”. He began his presentation by addressing the ongoing wok on keystone species with focusing on the necessity of bat research in the context of Nepal. He further elaborated the talk with the taxonomical characteristics along with the feeding ecology and reproduction behavior of order Chiroptera species. During his talk he underlined on threats that bats are facing today and focuses on the conservation strategies that should be done to preserve these species because of its high ecological importance in the nature. Mr Acharya also elucidated on the research techniques like bat capture survey, mist nets and bat handling processes among the University Graduates during the interaction session.
The programme ended with the closing remarks from Prof Dr Tej B Thapa, Central Department of Zoology, TU and Board member of Resources Himalaya Foundation who also handled a token of appreciation to our guest speaker.