Do you live in Ottawa?
We need 50 homeowners in the region to help conserve bats for the summer!
As you may know, white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats across North America. Pesticides and wind turbines haven’t helped bat populations either. Hardest hit are the endangered Little Brown Bat and Northern Myotis. These bats, and several others, may not be able to recover without our help.
Unfortunately, we’re also up against a slow recovery rate as well. Female bats typically have only one pup per year, meaning bats have very slow population growth rates and therefore recover from population decline very slowly. Thus, bats are particularly susceptible to the effects of various stressors. One disturbance and we could lose a whole generation of bats!
Reducing any additional stressors is crucial to conserving the already dwindling bat populations.
CWF Bat House Program
If you have bats in your home, you’re in a position to make a real difference for these at-risk small mammals. As it happens, the Little Brown Bat is one of the most common bat species to take up residence in your home!
For this reason, the Canadian Wildlife Federation is working in collaboration with several humane wildlife control companies in the Ottawa region to launch a pilot project that will provide 50 home owners with the use of specialized CWF bat houses. The Bat House Program will attempt to minimize the impact of evicting the bats from their adopted homes. It’ll also help to aid in the population recovery of these animals when the bats return next summer - only to find access to their roost blocked. With our help, they’ll have an alternate spot to roost!
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS:
Before the bat houses are installed on a residential property, CWF bat experts will conduct a site visit to determine the bat species present and the size of the colony. Sites where the Little Brown Bat is present and facing eviction will be given top priority, since this species is most endangered.
After the installation of these bat boxes, we’ll start monitoring the area and document any changes in the roosting habits of each bat colony. Home owners and wildlife control companies will also be engaged in the study by monitoring the bat houses from dusk to dark to record any bat activity in and around each bat house.
GOAL OF THE PROGRAM:
As a means to promote the protection and recovery of the Little Brown Bat, CWF is collaborating with humane wildlife control companies to develop best management practices for their professional management of bats by:
1. Promoting cohabitation with bats
2. Incorporating the use of bat houses in service protocol
3. Promoting alternative roosting sites via retrofits
4. Increasing public awareness, community engagement, and citizen science
Next Steps: GET INVOLVED!
Community engagement is critical to the success of the project and CWF will work locally and nationally, to promote the project and extend its reach. We are looking for 50 willing homeowners in the Ottawa area who would like to work with a humane wildlife control company and participate in the program to promote bat conservation.
For additional information on how to get involved or any enquiries, please contact: