There are at least 11 species of bats in the Kootenays including vulnerable and threatened species like the Townsend’s big-eared bat, fringed bat, northern myotis and little brown myotis. The Kootenay Community Bat Project provided the first recorded inventory of bats in the Slocan Valley and the first community-based bat inventory and conservation project in BC. It has inspired the Bc Community Bat Project Network (www.bcbats.ca). To date, the project has conducted over 500 site visits and identified over 400 roost sites for 8 species of bats.
The success of identifying roost sites for species at risk and the enthusiasm of residents to report their bats, conserve their roost sites or consider sensitive methods for removing bats from their homes continues to drive the success of this project. Please contact us if you have bats in your buildings, would like to volunteer your time to build or monitor bat-houses, or are interested in booking an educational program.
To learn more about the KCBP, download our Annual Summary Reports:
We are extremely grateful to the Columbia Basin Trust, Lower Columbia Valley Conservation Fund, and Public Conservation Assistance Foundation for providing funding for this project.