Get Batty with HAT
- Created: Wednesday, 11 May 2016 20:10
Efforts to help support bats in BC have never been as important as right now. Three (of the 10) bat species in the region are currently listed as a species at risk or a candidate for endangered status.
To the left is a picture of one of our very own BC bats - a Penderite in fact. Sylvia Pincott, a supporter of both HAT and bats, has reported that Batty has returned to his roost on Pender Island through her carport rafters for the 8th year! Batty is a Townsend Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii). This species of bat has been found to have an average lifespan of 16 years. I wonder how old batty is? While the male Corynorhinus townsendii is typically solitary during summer roosting, females gather in groups referred to as maternity colonies to raise young.
"He certainly has his own special ways, dear little chap!" remarked Sylvia.
Habitat loss is a significant contributor to these imperiled mammals. Townsend Big-eared Bats like Batty are provincially blue-listed as an at risk species. To enhance habitat on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, HAT has been installing bat boxes. Since 2014, we have installed 78 boxes on private properties. Additionally, with the help of hard-working volunteers 50 more boxes have been built and are ready to be installed!
(HAT Biologist, Christian Engelstoft installing bat boxes: a free-standing maternity box, LEFT; and, a mountable box, RIGHT)
Futhermore, we are sorry to inform you that the White-nose Syndrome has been found just across the border, in Washington. This fungal disease is fatal to bats and has casued upwards of 90% mortality rates in infected bat colonies of Eastern North America. Therefore, it is paramount that we put effort towards supporting our healthy bats.
Also, if you would like to donate to the bats through our Habitat Stewardship program please click here. You can also support BC bats and habitat stewardship by calling in your donation to 250-995-2428 or by cheque in the mail to PO Box 8552, Victoria, BC, V8W 3S2.