They’ve had a superhero named after them – and it’s no wonder – bats are an essential part of ecosystems throughout the world, including here in Alberta, where we have nine species of insect-eating bats. In North America, the fungal disease White-nose Syndrome has devastated bat populations in the east, and has now been detected near Seattle.
Helping comBAT impacts to bats:
A group of bat biologists decided to create the Alberta Community Bat Program to help bats, and Alberta Environment and Parks is partnering with the program.
The mission of the Alberta Community Bat Program is to:
- raise awareness about bats and their conservation
- help local residents manage bats in buildings
- collect data to monitor and better understand bats in Alberta
You can help bats!
The first step to helping bats is learning about them – they’re amazing! Did you know that a little brown bat can eat more than 600 small insects (including mosquitoes) in an hour? A lactating female bat can eat her weight in insects in a night and bats eat forest and agricultural pests.
Be a friend to bats by protecting and enhancing bat habitat, or become a Citizen Scientist by reporting and monitoring a bat roosts.
Check out www.albertabats.ca for more information on the Alberta Community Bat Program including information on how you can build and install a bat house.