International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Event Calendar

The Year of Sound will be celebrated with events originating at the regional, the national, and the international levels. Here we list all events that have an acoustical outreach component in line with the goals of the Year of Sound.


13 June 2020Italy

First Bat Night in Tarquinia

The Association “Gruppo naturalistico della Maremma Laziale” is organizing the FIRST BAT NIGHT IN TARQUINIA for Saturday 13 June 2020 in Tarquinia, with a meeting at the Information Point in Piazza Cavour and a walk along the nearby medieval route of the city, starting at 20.30. The initiative, carried out in collaboration with the Municipality of Tarquinia, aims to introduce knowledge of bats through equipment and methodologies that have been most favored by researchers in recent years. The ultrasound emitted by bats in search of small prey or to move avoiding obstacles in the deep darkness of the night or the cavities they frequent, are now “audible” through sophisticated detection instruments commonly called bat-detectors, but also through audio-ultrasonic microphones always most popular.

Bioacoustics has today further facilitated this approach by providing applications that in real time show spectrograms and provide the fundamental parameters or perform almost automatic analyzes to distinguish different species or taxonomic groups contacted and registered.

Here, in the First BAT Night of Tarquinia everyone will be able to hear the inaudible, sounds so distant from our auditory threshold that we never thought they could come from animals so close to us. Experts on chiroptera and bioacoustics) will participate and bring most complete knowledge on the subject, on ultrasound, on the communication methods of these mammals.

Tarquinia’s First BAT NIGHT is also one of the annual EUROBATS events which, with the European Bat Nights, or of that complex of activities aimed at raising awareness of bats, biology and their problems, wants to raise awareness among European citizens about the importance of keep the bats populations in good condition.

Participation is free and open to everyone. This is the program: 20.30 – Presentation of the evening; 9.30 pm – “Research and listening ultrasonic ecolocations and feeding-buzz of Tarquinia’s Bats with bat-detectors and audio-ultrasonic microphones help”.


Organisation Responsible: Association “GRUPPO NATURALISTICO DELLA MAREMMA LAZIALE”

Contact: Paolo Crescia, at


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