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.

News

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!

Alberta bat house guidelines

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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We have big news! The Alberta Community Bat Program has partnered with Neighborhood Bat Watch to work towards building a nation wide citizen science based bat monitoring program.

The new program allows users to quickly report roosts, track their observations over time, and to submit periodic colony counts. And now users can submit observations of bats (not just roosts), allowing nearly everyone in Alberta to participate in the project.

A cool visualization feature allows users to see the approximate location of reported roosts and bat observations that others in Alberta have submitted.

With enough public involvement, we can collect some much needed bat monitoring data and better understanding some important aspects of bat biology.

Please share and let others know! The time for monitoring colonies is quickly approaching (June and July).

Visit www.albertabats.ca/citizenscience and www.batwatch.ca for more information.
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We have big news! The Alberta Community Bat Program has partnered with Neighborhood Bat Watch to work towards building a nation wide citizen science based bat monitoring program.

The new program allows users to quickly report roosts, track their observations over time, and to submit periodic colony counts. And now users can submit observations of bats (not just roosts), allowing nearly everyone in Alberta to participate in the project.

A cool visualization feature allows users to see the approximate location of reported roosts and bat observations that others in Alberta have submitted.

With enough public involvement, we can collect some much needed bat monitoring data and better understanding some important aspects of bat biology.

Please share and let others know! The time for monitoring colonies is quickly approaching (June and July).

Visit www.albertabats.ca/citizenscience and www.batwatch.ca for more information.

Comment on Facebook

Congrats, that's wonderful!!

Another photo from the bat rehab place looking after the mom with four pups. A beautiful profile picture of a Seminole bat (Lasiurus seminolus). Their greyish, goldish colouring allows them to blend in with the dead, yellowing palm fronds where they roost! #whataprettylittlebat! Nice work Animis Foundation! ... See MoreSee Less

Another photo from the bat rehab place looking after the mom with four pups. A beautiful profile picture of a Seminole bat (Lasiurus seminolus). Their greyish, goldish colouring allows them to blend in with the dead, yellowing palm fronds where they roost! #whataprettylittlebat! Nice work Animis Foundation!

Aw, it's a rescued hoary bat momma with four(!) pups! Lucky for her that someone came and rescued. I've only seen hoary bats in Manitoba with two pups but they can have up to four. They don't always take their babies with them when they leave the roost. Usually they leave them hanging while they go and hunt. She was probably harassed by a crow or a jay and tried to move her litter. That's a lot of baby! #bats #batmomsaregoodmoms #hoarybat #skylion

Edit: this is actually a close relative of the hoary bat from the southern US called the Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus). Much like her cousins, the Red and Hoary bats - they can produce litters of up to 4 pups! #stillaskylion!

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Momma bat was lying in the road next to a parking lot in the villages when she was found with 4 pups clinging to her. She has no apparent injuries but was dehydrated and very hungry. This species of bat is a tree bat and they are solitary. Mom flies and hunts with her babies clinging to her! That's a lot of weight for a tiny bat.
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Comment on Facebook

Aww. Glad someone helped.

We're was this rescued

Awwwww! (But that's definitely a red bat 🙂 )

The Alberta Community Bat Program is developed in collaboration with:

Wildlife Conservation Society CanadaGovernment of Alberta

This program is supported with funding from:

TD Friends of the Environment FoundationAlberta Ecotrust FoundationEnvironment Canada HSP

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