Spring up to help local bats
BC Community Bat Program’s Okanagan Coordinator asking for help with bats.
With bats waking from hibernation and many returning to the area from long migrations, Paula Rodriguez de la Vega provided ABNC with some great information on helping these little eco champions. Here are some things we can do as we head into spring.
- If you find a dead bat, please hold on to it if possible. We would like to collect dead bats for testing. If possible, double bag the dead bat in a Ziploc bag and put it in the freezer. We will be in contact with you to collect it.
- If you have been bitten or scratched by a bat, please call your physician or public health office.
- If your pet has been in contact with a bat, please call your veterinarian.
- If you found a bat roosting outside, please leave it alone. It might be slowly waking up from hibernation.
- If you need assistance with removing a single live bat from inside your house, please go to: http://www.batcon.org/resources/for-specific-issues/bats-in-buildings/removing-a-single-bat
- If you are wondering how to evict bats, please see our website:
- https://www.bcbats.ca/index.php/got-bats/excluding-bats-from-a-building and if you have questions about the bats roosting on your house or building, see https://www.bcbats.ca/attachments/Bats%20in%20buildings20%20pages_2017_web.pdf.Fall is a good time to do exclusions, be sure to install a one-way exit device when sealing up the building, to be sure all bats can get out if they are still in there.
Bat boxes and contacts
If you want information about bat boxes, please see our website: https://www.bcbats.ca/index.php/bat-houses. The Okanagan Community Bat Program sells 4-chamber bat boxes for $150 each, with all proceeds going to bat conservation.
Alternatively, you can buy them at the Peachland Visitor Centre or at the Vernon Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Or build your own as per this link: https://www.bcbats.ca/attachments/Bat_houses_in_BC_2015.pdf
Our program depends on various grants and donations. If you feel so inclined to support the Okanagan Community Bat Program, please go to: https://www.bcbats.ca/index.php/get-involved/support-the-bat-program.
Paula Rodriguez de la Vega
Okanagan Region Coordinator, BC Community Bat Program
Toll free: 1-855-922-BATS (2287) ext.13
Help us detect white-nose syndrome in B.C. Please report dead bats and unusual bat activity in winter. Call our toll free line: 1.855.922.2287, ext.13. For more information see www.bcbats.ca.