Alberta Bats

Alberta Bats


The Alberta Community Bat Program’s mission is to raise awareness of bat conservation issues, help local residents manage bats in buildings, and to collect data needed to monitor and better understand bats in the province.

Contact us if you need help with bats or get involved with bats through citizen science.

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Alberta Community Bat Program joins the Neighbourhood Bat Watch Research Network!

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We enjoyed a very successful launch of our citizen science program in 2016. Now, just in time for the 2017 season, we have partnered with Neighbourhood Bat Watch to work towards creating a national citizen science program for reporting observations of bats and bat roosts. This is an exciting new development and the new system offers excellent opportunities for all Albertans to get involved with bat monitoring. New tools allow users to track roosts and bat observations over time and to map public observations across the province. The Alberta Community Bat Program, in partnership with Alberta Environment and Parks, continues to manage submissions through the program that occur within Alberta. Visit our citizen science page for more information.



‘Alberta Guide for Managing Bats in Buildings’ now released!

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Great news! We have just released our Alberta Guide for Managing Bats in Buildings. Read this guide for information on bats that use buildings in Alberta, and how to be good stewards of bats on your property. We provide information on how to enhance and maintain building roosts, as well as how to minimize harm to bats that must be excluded from buildings. Also see our resources page for more guides and information about bats.

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Dr Rodrigo Medellin spoke about this conservation success story and of others that he was involved in - and the key component was not only establishing conservation actions that would protect the species and its habitat but also involved including a human component. Making wildlife important to communities and the community's success ensures the success of the conservation effort. If you are a tequila drinker - you can support this conservation effort by searching out and purchasing "bat-friendly" tequila! 🙂 #bats #batsneedfriends #friendsneedbatsIt's not only bat families that rely on agave. The livelihoods of 40,000 families in rural communities of Mexico is linked to blue agave tequila. BCI scholarship recipient Kristen Lear is working with rural communities in northeast Mexico to develop “bat-friendly” agave programs. Her work is helping to keep the agaves sustainable for both the tequila industry and the bats! Read "It Takes a Village" - bit.ly/2gDgDnq ... See MoreSee Less

Dr Rodrigo Medellin spoke about this conservation success story and of others that he was involved in - and the key component was not only establishing conservation actions that would protect the species and its habitat but also involved including a human component. Making wildlife important to communities and the communitys success ensures the success of the conservation effort. If you are a tequila drinker - you can support this conservation effort by searching out and purchasing bat-friendly tequila! :-) #bats #batsneedfriends #friendsneedbats

Bat-friendly tequila makes cocktail time even sweetah! Seriously though, a simple change in the management of agave crops and a recognition of how important bats are to the health of agave crops to maintain genetic diversity of plants (through bat pollination) has made this one of my favourite conservation success stories. #gobats #bats #margaritavilleHappy #NationalMezcalDay! While you enjoy this delicious agave-based spirit think of this little guy - the Mexican long-tongued bat. He loves mezcal too as it is made from wild agave which he pollinates, not farmed agaves that are artificially propagated by us humans.

If you choose a bat-friendly tequila or mezcal you will be helping him keep his little face covered in pollen! Learn more about the bat-friendly tequila: vinepair.com/arti…/tequila-sustainable-bat-friendly/
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Bat-friendly tequila makes cocktail time even sweetah! Seriously though, a simple change in the management of agave crops and a recognition of how important bats are to the health of agave crops to maintain genetic diversity of plants (through bat pollination) has made this one of my favourite conservation success stories.  #gobats #bats #margaritaville

Boo! at the Zoo!Oct 22, 11:00amEdmonton Valley ZooGet Closer... Be not afraid this Halloween! Wear your coolest costume, bring your reusable trick-or-treat bags, and "get closer" to the spooky wonders of the animal kingdom. Hands-on science experiments, crafts, an extinct animal graveyard, and a witch's den are just some of the fun activities that will make this Halloween one to remember!

This event is included with your general admission for the day. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance at valleyzootickets.edmonton.ca, or use your Naturally Edmonton or Valley Zoo passes. For more information about the Edmonton Valley Zoo and this event, visit www.valleyzoo.ca.
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Boo! at the Zoo!

The Alberta Community Bat Program is developed in collaboration with:

Wildlife Conservation Society CanadaGovernment of Alberta

This program is supported with funding from:

Alberta Ecotrust FoundationAlberta Conservation AssociationThe Chawkers Foundation

TD Friends of the Environment FoundationEnvironment Canada HSP

Have comments, questions, or require assistance with bats? If so, please let us know! Email info@albertabats.ca, phone toll-free (1 866-574-1706), or visit our Contact Page for more options.


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