Special Concern (Federal)
Red List (Provincial)
The Spotted Bat is 12 cm in length with a 35 cm wingspan and very large ears approximately 4cm in length. They have black fur on their backs with three large white spots located on each shoulder and rump and a white patch of hair at the base of each ear.
Spotted Bats forage in all many different types of habitat including open and dense coniferous forests, deciduous habitat, hay field, marshes, riparian areas and dry shrub-steppe grasslands. Roots need to be close to suitable feeding areas and are usually in crevices or high steep cliff faces. Maternity roots are usually more than 100m high. They usually only roost in areas with low human activity.
-Human disturbance of roosting sites
-Vulnerable due to small population and patchy distribution
-Loss of roosting and foraging areas due to urban and agricultural development and filling of wetlands
-Residual pesticides on insect prey
You Can Help!
-Protect roosts and surrounding foraging habitats
-Avoid or limit pesticide use especially near wetlands or riparian areas
-Prevent human access to areas with known roots sites