Bat Walk and Talk

As part of International Bat Week (October 24 to 31), HAT staff Ronna (Outreach and Bat Program Coordinator) and Sara (Conservation Technician) led a Batty Walk and Talk at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (HCP) this past Saturday, October 24th. It was a beautiful sunny and crisp autumn day with over 30 attendees keen to learn all about the bats that call this place home. In the walk and talk, participants had the opportunity to explore the native plant and Japanese gardens, and learn all about the nine species of bat we have on Vancouver Island. From the food they eat (insects) to the variety of habitats they live in (trees, attics, caves, and bat houses), the threats bats are facing (logging, development, pesticides, homeowner fear), and ways that individuals and landowners can help save these bat species (support the protection of forests and wetlands, allow bats to live in human structures, adopt a bat with HAT). As part of the event, Sara led a bat ID activity where participants, the budding bat stewards, matched photos of the nine bat species on Vancouver Island to corresponding clue cards about each bat they found on a scavenger hunt. We had a bat-tastic time delivering this event with Paula and Megan from HCP, and hope to lead more events like it in the future! If you would like to learn more about our bat program or how to Adopt-a-Bat through HAT, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

(Above) Sara Lax (left) and Ronna Woudstra (right) showing of their batty outfits after a long day of bat education! Ronna is holding a bat box that has been cut in half to show the crevices that it provides for bats.

Here are some images posted by HCP. They always have lots of great events and we recommend following them on social media! @HCPgardens --> Instagram and Facebook


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