B.C.’s bats want our help, says the BC Community Bat Program, and what higher time to advertise consciousness for the fascinating and helpful creatures than Halloween, when photographs of them abound.
October 24 to 31 is International Bat Week, which is devoted to appreciating all the methods these animals profit their environments, together with consuming bugs, pollinating flowers and spreading seeds and vitamins.
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“Bats in BC help control agricultural and forest pests, as well as mosquitoes in our yards — but now bats need our help,” mentioned Mandy Kellner, coordinator, BC Community Bat Program.
“The conservation of bats in BC has always been important, since over half the species in this province are considered at risk. With the continuing spread of White-nose Syndrome in Washington State, bat conservation is more important than ever as we expect to see impacts in BC in the near future. ”
Not solely does Bat Week coincide with the Halloween season, making it an excellent time to counter views of bats as spooky creatures, it’s additionally the time of yr once they migrate to hotter climes searching for bugs to eat.
Because that is the time of yr bats have a tendency to go away our nieghbourhoods, it’s an excellent time to do renovations for those who’ve occurred to should delay them because of bat presence.
The BC Community Bat Program says that is additionally the time to scrub out and restore bat packing containers, or do bat-friendly exclusion work with out disturbing or injuring any bats.
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Another necessary factor for the later months of the yr is to report any bats you see in the winter. Community bat packages shall be requesting experiences of useless bats or sighting of winter bat exercise to proceed to watch for White-nose Syndrome.
The Kootenay Community Bat Program companions with the BC Ministry of Environment and is funded by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Forest Enhancement Society of BC, Habitat Stewardship Program, Columbia Basin Trust and the Kootenay Conservation Program.
Thanks to this help they can present data and promote native stewardship and citizen science.
On their web site, bcbats.ca have a wealth of data on how to report winter bat sightings, how to put in and preserve a bat field or how to soundly take away them from your own home, plus heaps extra details about the animals themselves and all the methods they can be useful to have round.
You can additionally learn extra about International Bat Week at www.batweek.org
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