NANAIMO & AREA LAND TRUST
The Bat Conservation Project
Bats are an extremely important part of our local ecosystem. There are 16 species of bat’s in BC and are protected by the BC Wildlife Act. There are 10 species of bats on Vancouver Island.
Bats in BC
In late 2021, NALT’s Stewardship Manager took on the role of the Mid-Vancouver Island Coordinator for the BC Community Bat program. This program responds to bat observations and reports, queries from the public about bats in human structures, carries out public education and awareness-building about bat conservation and assists in collection of bat count data.
Bat counts are our primary way to learn more about bat populations in our area. This can easily be done by community stewards or citizen
scientists! All you have to do is spend some time by a known bat roost at sunset when the bats first emerge to forage and count how many bats come out.
In our region there is very little data on our local bat populations. We need the community’s help to learn where bats are roosting in order to carry out bat counts. If you have bats on your property or even if you see them in the evenings please let us know!
In 2022, NALT partnered with wildlife research biologist Scott Wilson to collect acoustic monitoring data in areas that have the potential to be bat habitat. With volunteers, we have been setting out our equipment to record bat calls at a number of protected and unprotected areas in our region. This data will help us better understand the conservation needs of our local bats.
NALT is always happy to have new volunteers join our stewardship projects. Please email the Stewardship Manager if:
– you would like to be involved
– you would like to report bat observations or
– if you know the location of a roost
To learn more about bats in BC, there are excellent resources available at
Community Bat Programs of BC and Habitat Acquisition Trust.