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 the 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.
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HelpTheBats.ca highlights the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s response to ensure Canadian bat populations are protected. CWF’s program engages homeowners, children, the general public and wildlife control companies in learning about Canadian bat species and the current threats to their survival, including habitat loss and white nose syndrome (a disease that has decimated populations in North America). Habitat is reduced when bats no longer have access to human structures which they rely on. We have been studying the impact on bats when excluded from homes by wildlife control companies to better understand this potential threat. Our bat house program engages homeowners with a citizen science component, distributing hundreds of bat houses and guidance materials for people to monitor bats to help us study bat house occupancy and determine the optimal bat house design.
As a means to promote the protection and recovery of Canada’s bats, CWF is collaborating with homeowners and humane wildlife control companies to put an emphasis on bat conservation by:
Do you have a bat house? Register it with us! If not, then providing an alternative roosting site is a great way to promote the protection and conservation of the Endangered Little Brown Bat. Download the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s handout on how to build your own bat house and install your bat house today. Once your bat house has been installed, be sure to monitor it to contribute to our ongoing study!
The Endangered Little Brown Bat roosts in buildings during spring, rears its pups over summer, and leaves for winter hibernaculum during autumn. If eviction occurs before the pups learn to fly (late August), they will die without any way of escaping! By evicting at the appropriate time of year and by installing a bat house prior to eviction, home owners will minimize their impact to bats.
There are many common misunderstandings regarding bats, so let’s set some of them straight:
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For additional information on how to get involved or any inquiries, please contact:
James Page Species at Risk & Biodiversity Specialist Canadian Wildlife Federation firstname.lastname@example.org
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