BAT FACTS

  • There are 16 species of bat in BC and 14 of those can be found in the Okanagan

  • One little brown bat can eat 1000 mosquito sized insects in an hour

  • Blind as a bat? Not at all! Bats don’t see colour, but they have better night vision than humans and they also augment that good vision with echolocation

  • Bats can live more than 30 years!

  • The smallest bat in BC is the Western Small-footed Myotis – they have a wing span of 22cm (which is about the same as a chickadee) and they weigh less than a nickel.

  • The largest bat in BC is the Hoary Bat – they have a wing span of 40 cm (about the same as a swallow) and weigh a little more than an double-A battery.

  • White nose syndrome is a fungal disease that can kill entire colonies over the winter hibernation. It has devestated Eastern North America and is rapidly moving west. One occurrence was detected in the Pacific Northwest in 2017 but has not spread significantly.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
  • Help stop the spread of White Nose Syndrome! White Nose Syndrome is a disease affecting only bats, not humans. If you are a caver or climber, disinfecting shoes, clothing and caving equipment can help slow the spread of this devastating disease.
     

  • If you have natural areas on your property, become a Wildlife Habitat Steward   to help care for bat habitat!

RESOURCES

Bats & Bat Boxes
Okanagan Community Bat Project
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We acknowledge that our initiatives take place primarily on the traditional, unceded territories of the Syilx/Okanagan people.

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