It will take around 2-3 years to see any bat action at this new roost, but we believe it will be successful. The location is prime for bats, and really, who could resist that view? The condo will be mainly used by female bats as a nursery roost. Maybe we should have called it a "Bat Nursery Opening" instead.
This is perfect timing for such a project as more cases of the bat killing, White Nose Syndrome, have been discovered in Washington State and is expected to find it's way to BC within a year or two.
Providing a "nursery roost" in ideal bat habitat will provide not only what our bats need to survive, but will also create an accessible bat population that we can monitor for signs of the deadly syndrome. Please open file below for more info. on White Nose Syndrome:
After the exciting official opening ceremony, some participants joined the SRWS Executive Director, Edith Tobe, on an informative tour of the Chelem Trail, visited bat information booths, played Estuary Bingo, and of course had "Holy Bat Cake, Batman!"
The "night" half of our bat celebration found us at the Squamish Adventure Centre for an intimate and very informative "bat talk" with BC Community Bat Program's, Danielle Dagenais. Did you know we had over 10 different species of bats on the South Coast?
Until next time...
My love and fascination with bats started in the early nineties, while volunteering with Jack Dubios of the Museum of Man and Nature.