The Canadian Wildlife Federation is pleased by the announcement that three bat species (the Little Brown Myotis, the Northern Myotis and the Tri-coloured Bat) will now be listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), providing the bats and their habitats with legal protection on Federal lands and requiring that a recovery strategy be put in place within one year.
Drastic declines in the populations due to the fungal disease white-nose syndrome led to an emergency assessment by a sub-committee of the Committee on the Status of Wildlife in Canada in February, 2012. All three species were assessed as Endangered and facing imminent extirpation or extinction.
In 2013, CWF launched a petition to press the Minister of the Environment to list the three species of bats under SARA. “Over 2,100 CWF supporters signed the petition within days. This level of response from our supporters sent a clear message to the Federal government that Canadians care about our bats and other species that are in trouble and want to see appropriate measures put in place to protect them,” says Dr. David Browne, CWF Director of Conservation. CWF, with support of the Crabtree Foundation, has also been leading research into the disease. The work conducted by Dr. Donald McAlpine and CWF researcher Karen Vanderwolf, out of the New Brunswick Museum, has resulted in a number of well-cited publications, numerous collaborations, and one of the best datasets of bat-associated fungi on the planet. With the support of Shell Canada, CWF launched a bat education program through which over 1,400 bat houses were distributed to schools and groups across the country to offer bats a safe haven when they come out of hibernation in the spring.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national not-to-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit Helpthebats.ca.
Pam Logan Dr. David Browne
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