What Goes on Inside a Bat Box? Take part in an in-depth study to find out.
You’ve probably heard from us that installing a bat box is something people can do to help Canada’s bats. But we’ve also said that not all bat boxes are created equal, and the effectiveness of different designs is not fully known in Canada. This is because much of the research is based in the United States and Europe. Some bat boxes used in Canada may not be optimal for survival and reproduction for different bat species, potentially due to poor internal temperatures or where it’s installed.
CWF is collaborating in a study to take an in-depth look at bat box use and the internal microclimate to investigate the effect these structures have on bat physiology, survival, and reproduction.
We need your help. Without owners of bat boxes participating, there is no study! If you have a bat box or plan to install one in the near future, you can contribute to the first Canada-wide, in-depth study of its kind and help conserve bats. The results will help determine the gold standard for bat boxes and do away with poor ones that may do more harm than good.
Your participation is important even if your box has never had any bats.
Partnering with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Trent University and PhD candidate, Karen Vanderwolf (Lead researcher and CWF’s frequent guest bat blogger), the results are to be published in a scientific journal, used to develop continental-scale Best Management Practices and broadcast to the public to help guide nation-wide bat conservation.