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Bat Week at ABNC ends Oct 29th

Media release promotes Bat Week and awareness.

The following is from the BC Community Bat Program in honor of Bat Week–Oct 24 – 29.

ABNC still has the Bat Exhibit until Oct 29. If you haven’t seen it, come up and check it out.

Photo: Long-eared Myotis in Burdock. M-Anion

Trick or … a weed pull? Bat-friendly landscaping can help bats at Halloween

As Halloween approaches, images of scary bats become commonplace. This is the perfect time of year to counter bat myths and do something to help bats, by taking part in International Bat Week (October 24-31).  Bat Week is all about appreciating these amazing animals and their benefits, including eating insects, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds and nutrients. Maybe try landscaping that helps bats at Halloween.

This BatWeek, consider bat-friendly gardening to help bats! Planting native trees, shrubs, or flowers in your yard, as well as light-coloured and night-blooming flowers, will support the insects that our BC bats like to eat. Controlling invasive plant species also helps insects and bats thrive, so consider a weed-pull in your yard, laneway, or local park or wetland. You can find more information on bat-friendly gardening through the Community Bat Program’s Bat-friendly Communities Guide at www.bcbats.ca or contact [email protected]

Why BatWeek? “Bats in BC help control agricultural and forest pests, as well as mosquitoes in our yards – but now bats need our help” says Mandy Kellner, Coordinator for the BC Community Bat Program. “Providing safe and healthy habitat for bats has always been important, since over half the species in this province are considered at risk. With the continuing spread of White-nose Syndrome in Washington State, bat conservation is more important than ever as we expect to see impacts in BC in the near future. ” 

BatWeek also marks the time of year when bats disappear from our neighbourhoods, until the return of warmer weather in spring. As insect-eaters, our BC bats must leave their summer roost sites and migrate or hibernate to survive the winter. This absence means that this is the time of year to do home renovations that you have delayed due to bat presence. You can clean out and repair a bat box, or do bat-friendly exclusion work, without disturbing or injuring bats.

If you do see a bat in winter, please report it. Monitoring for white-nose syndrome in BC will continue this winter, with Community Bat Programs requesting reports of dead bats or sightings of winter bat activity.  

In partnership with the BC Ministry of Environment, and funded by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Forest Enhancement Society of BC, Habitat Stewardship Program, and local funders, the BC Community Bat Program provides information and promotes local stewardship and citizen science. You can report winter bat sightings, find out more about the BC Community Bat Program, BatWeek activities, and options for helping local bat populations, at www.bcbats.ca, [email protected], or 1-855-922-2287.

Photos: 

Long-eared Myotis in Burdock – Removing invasive plants such as burdock allows native plants to thrive and reduces hazards for bats. Photo: M Anion

Bats in a bat box: Bat boxes can provide a secure roost site for bats if properly installed and maintained. Photo: Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project

Bats in a box_SCWP

Bat Basics Class

Join us at Allan Brooks Nature Centre for a one hour class on “Bat Basics” with our lead nature interpreter, Alexis Olynyk. Learn more about what makes these nocturnal mammals so fascinating and important! You will also have access to our limited time exhibit “Bats: Out of the Darkness.”

As this is a seated (lecture style) presentation, we recommend participants be 12+ years of age.

Please check in at the front desk of the interpretive centre when you arrive.

Nature Talk – Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes with Pete Wise

Meet us in the grassland theatre for a short nature talk! Our ABNC interpreters will use some of our natural materials and props to teach you more about our local plants and animals and give you an up close look. A new theme every week! There is no need to pre-register, simply check-in at the Interpretive Centre upon arrival and find a seat on one of our benches, or bring your own lawn chair. Nature Talks are free, but a donation is appreciated.

***Please note, ABNC programming will be cancelled should the temperatures exceed 35C, for the safety of all patrons and staff.

Nature Talk – Kokanee Salmon

Meet us in the grassland theatre for a short nature talk! Our ABNC interpreters will use some of our natural materials and props to teach you more about our local plants and animals and give you an up close look. A new theme every week! There is no need to pre-register, simply check-in at the Interpretive Centre upon arrival and find a seat on one of our benches, or bring your own lawn chair. Nature Talks are free, but a donation is appreciated.

***Please note, ABNC programming will be cancelled should the temperatures exceed 35C, for the safety of all patrons and staff.

Cats and Birds in Your Community

Join us at ABNC for a fascinating talk about the connection between cats and birds in your community!

Tonight’s presenter,  Anna, will discuss the current state of birds in Canada and the top 3 threats to bird populations. She will also provide science-based resources and advice on what people can do to support birds in their community. The presentation will address climate change, bird-window collisions and bird predation by roaming cats. This topic will be of interest to cat owners and non-cat owners alike!

Anna Skurikhina is a biologist and a nature enthusiast currently residing in Kelowna, BC. Anna works as a Cats and Birds Project Coordinator with the non-profit Stewardship Centre for BC. The Stewardship Centre leads the Cats and Birds project to improve cat welfare and protect birds from the impact of roaming cats. As part of the project’s advisory committee, Anna works with animal welfare groups, conservation organizations, academia and governments to help address the issue of roaming cats and bird decline in BC.
This event will be held in the classroom at ABNC.
Admission is by donation and pre-registration is required!

BC Wildlife Parks – “Conservation in Action”

BC Wildlife Park is returning to ABNC this August on Wednesday 10th! They will be bringing several at-risk species to ABNC including a painted turtle, rubber boa, and some at-risk raptor species. The audience will have the chance to meet the wildlife up close and ask questions!

We’ll start the evening at 6:00pm, so please arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to get checked in and find a seat on our benches. The event will run from 6-7pm and pre-registration for tickets is required!

The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for kids ages 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. (There is no need to register kids 3 and under).

Please feel free to bring blankets for the benches, or your own camp chairs!

***Reminder: This is an OUTDOOR event, please dress according to the weather.***

BC Wildlife Park “The Grasslands Biome”

The BC Wildlife Park is coming to Allan Brooks Nature Centre on Wednesday, July 13th! Their park educators will provide information on the grassland biome and the animals that live there. The audience will meet wildlife up-close and have the opportunity to ask questions. Some of these grassland creatures include the burrowing owl, great basin gopher snake, and more. We’ll start the evening at 6:00pm, so please arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to get checked in and find a seat on our benches. The event will run from 6-7pm and pre-registration for tickets is required! The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for kids ages 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. (There is no need to register kids 3 and under).

Please feel free to bring blankets for the benches, or your own camp chairs!

 

***Reminder: This is an OUTDOOR event, please dress according to the weather.***

 

Guided Trail Tour

Join us on a short walk through our rare and delicate grassland ecosystem! Learn about grassland plants and animals, their special traits that allow them to live in this hot, dry habitat and how they interact. Touch, smell, and feel as we explore the wilderness all around us!  This tour starts at the trailhead and follows an easy gravel path loop around the centre.

Fee: $5.00 per person (youth under 16 + ABNC members are FREE!). Registration is required. 

***Please note, ABNC programming will be cancelled should the temperatures exceed 35C, for the safety of all patrons and staff.

Guided Trail Tour

Join us on a short walk through our rare and delicate grassland ecosystem! Learn about grassland plants and animals, their special traits that allow them to live in this hot, dry habitat and how they interact. Touch, smell, and feel as we explore the wilderness all around us!  This tour starts at the trailhead and follows an easy gravel path loop around the centre.

Fee: $5.00 per person (youth under 16 + ABNC members are FREE!). Registration is required. 

***Please note, ABNC programming will be cancelled should the temperatures exceed 35C, for the safety of all patrons and staff.

Guided Trail Tour

Join us on a short walk through our rare and delicate grassland ecosystem! Learn about grassland plants and animals, their special traits that allow them to live in this hot, dry habitat and how they interact. Touch, smell, and feel as we explore the wilderness all around us!  This tour starts at the trailhead and follows an easy gravel path loop around the centre.

Fee: $5.00 per person (youth under 16 + ABNC members are FREE!). Registration is required. 

***Please note, ABNC programming will be cancelled should the temperatures exceed 35C, for the safety of all patrons and staff.

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