Mary Cummins at Southwestern Desert Bats class at Desert Studies Center

I was told this may be the last year that Dr. Patricia Brown was going to give this class personally so I made sure I went. I had a fantastic time! I learned so much about bats in only two days. MaryEllen and I were the only bat rehabilitators. Everyone else either worked for bat conservation groups or they were Dr.’s who’d done research on bat behavior, acoustics and white nose syndrome.

We did mist netting and captured quite a few different types of bats. We also used special equipment to hear the bat calls. We went to abandoned mines to count the number of bats in the mine. We even put up a temporary bat gate.

This is obviously not my hand. It is the hand of an elderly Mexican woman. I wore gloves when handling bats at this event. Never hold bats with your bare hand. Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates at Southwestern Bats class. Pallid bat.

Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates. I’m holding a mist net before we stake it down.

Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates, holding a mist net

Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates. We compare different types of guano. Mexican free tail bat guano smells the worst by far.

Dr. Patricia Brown, an amazing woman. She’s been researching bats for over 42 years, has written many scientific journal articles and given many classes.
Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates, temporary bat gate on mine entrance

Here is a description of the class.


Patricia Brown-Berry, Ph.D. will offer a class on Southwestern Desert Bats sponsored
by the Maturango Museum to be held at the Desert Studies Center (DSC) at Soda
Springs (ZZYZX) south of Baker, California from the evening of October 1 until noon on
October 3, 2010. She has taught this class (or variations) at the DSC for the past 26
years. Dr. Brown-Berry has conducted research on bats for the past 41 years, is a
Research Associate at UCLA, and former Director of the Maturango Museum (1982-92).
She currently consults with state and federal agencies on bat surveys and conservation
issues, in particular with regard to abandoned mine closures.

Bats are important components of the desert ecosystem, yet because of their nocturnal
nature they are usually difficult to observe. This course will introduce the participants to
the world of bats and to some of the techniques used by scientists to study these
amazing mammals. Nightly field work will allow participants to use ultrasonic bat detectors and
night vision equipment and to observe the mist-netting of wild bats (unless it’s windy).
Diurnal lectures and videos will supplement the field experiences. Bring a field
notebook, camp chair and flashlight (headlight preferred). A camera and binoculars are

Soda Springs (a.k.a. ZZYZX) has a rich history, with Native American petroglyphs in the
vicinity. Subsequently, it served at times as a fort along the Mojave Road, railroad stop,
and health spa under Dr. Curtis Springer before becoming part of the California State
University Preserve system. The Desert Studies Center lies within the Mojave National
Preserve. Throughout the year, the DSC hosts a variety of desert-oriented courses in
several disciplines as well as scientific research. Students will stay in dormitory rooms
with desks and bunk beds (students bring their own bedding and towel). If available,
couples will be accommodated in bungalows with double beds. Other facilities include
classrooms, library, laboratory, kitchen and restroom facilities, and a pool. The DSC is
“off the grid” and power is by solar, wind and a back-up generator. The meals are
provided by Eric, a gourmet chef. If you have special dietary needs, let us know in
advance. You will enjoy your stay at this fascinating facility.

Cost: $225/person includes instruction, two nights’ lodging at the Center, a snack
Friday evening and five meals beginning with breakfast on Saturday. A detailed
itinerary will be sent upon registration. You can register by calling the Maturango
Museum (760 375 6900) or through the website Enrollment is
limited to 25 students.”

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

About Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Real Estate Appraiser

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the City of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Humane Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology. After college Cummins became a licensed real estate agent specializing in income property in Los Angeles. She obtained her real estate appraisal license, real estate brokerage license and currently does real estate consulting, expert witness testimony and review appraisals at Cummins Real Estate Services.
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