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.

Social Media Updates

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4 days ago

Alberta Community Bat Program

It always pays to check your woodpile this time of year! This little fellow was found by a wildlife photographer in Rocky View County yesterday! By the length of the ears and the shape of the tragus - a good, educated guess is that it is a Long-eared Myotis (Myotis evotis). Likely also a male as it is males who are often found roosting as single bats this time of year. Very photogenic! #motheater #bats #albertabats

Thank you Ines Schiemann‎ for permission to share these great photos of MYEV!
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It always pays to check your woodpile this time of year! This little fellow was found by a wildlife photographer in Rocky View County yesterday! By the length of the ears and the shape of the tragus - a good, educated guess is that it is a Long-eared Myotis (Myotis evotis). Likely also a male as it is males who are often found roosting as single bats this time of year. Very photogenic! #motheater #bats #albertabats 

Thank you Ines Schiemann‎ for permission to share these great photos of MYEV!

Interesting study of fruit bat communication! This is really amazing research in the field of animal behaviour. Makes you wonder what we will discover in the next 50 years! #bats #moveover #thatsmyspot #givemebackmybanana

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Bats have a lot to bicker over.
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They are so cute.

7 days ago

Alberta Community Bat Program

Alberta Community Bat Program will be at the Weaselhead Community Biodiversity Fair! Learn about the plants and animals that make Calgary their home! This is a family friendly event with no registration necessary. Visit between 10am – 3pm at Weaselhead Natural Area 66 Ave & 37 St SW

See the poster at: www.albertabats.ca/wp-content/uploads/Bioblitz-poster.pdf

Weaselhead Natural Area Community Biodiversity FairJun 24, 10:00amWeaselhead Natural Environment AreaAlberta Community Bat Program will be at the Weaselhead Community Biodiversity Fair! Learn about the plants and animals that make Calgary their home! This is a family friendly event with no registration necessary. Visit between 10am – 3pm at Weaselhead Natural Area 66 Ave & 37 St SW

See the poster at: www.albertabats.ca/wp-content/uploads/Bioblitz-poster.pdf
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Weaselhead Natural Area Community Biodiversity Fair

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Bat biologists and coordinators with the Alberta Community Bat Program, Cory Olson and Susan Holroyd will be on hand to talk about bats and answer all your bat-questions! Be there or be square!

1 week ago

Alberta Community Bat Program

From Fightwns! A great little clip of a momma silver-haired bat with newborn twin pups! If you watch closely, a little foot peeks out a couple of times and if you listen closely, you can hear the high-pitched audible squeaks of the pups. Momma also gets fed a couple of mealworms at the end of the video - which makes me laugh because silver-haired bats always seem to have a habit of rolling mealworms in their mouths from side-to-side like a big cigar! Silver-haired bats are found throughout Alberta - and easily recognizable by their dark fur and silvery-tipped coat.

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female Lasionycteris noctivagans (silver-haired bat) with twins, born June 7

#bats #batconservation #batlove
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The tiny pup peeps! That's the cutest thing ever!!

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 AssociationTD Friends of the Environment FoundationEnvironment Canada HSP

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