Contact Us

Please direct your emails to our primary address: batcaver@wcs.org. Additional contact information is available below.

Martin Davis, Coordinator;
BatCaver Program
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

c/o Box 164, Tahsis, BC, V0P1X0

batcaver@wcs.org

Tel: 250-934-6278 or 778-746-1157
Cell: 250-204-7422

 

                               
Cori Lausen, PhD
Associate Conservation Scientist and Bat Specialist   
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
PO Box 606, Kaslo, BC, V0G1M0

clausen@wcs.org
Tel: 250-353-8204
 
Greg Horne
PO Box 2202, Jasper, Alberta, 
T0E 1E0

hornejarry@telus.net
 
Dave Critchley, P.Biol., P.Ag., M.Sc., QWSP (QWAES)
Associate Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management
NAIT, 11762 106 St NW

Edmonton AB  T5G 2R1 Canada

dcritchl@nait.ca
Tel: 780-471-7660
Fax: 780-471-8590

Updates

NEW HIBERNACULA SPECIES RECORDS

February 2019

Recent BatCaver genetic results have confirmed the presence of Little Brown Myotis in two new locations in Alberta. These discoveries add to the growing database of critical habitat identified by our program, which will ultimately help direct future conservation efforts of this federally endangered species. One of the sites, a cave the South-Western portion of the province, was first visited by our team in October 2018. During this time we deployed ultrasonic data loggers that record bat activity, paired with temperature and humidity loggers to gather information on the type of cave climate the bats are using at this site. These measurements will contribute to our understanding of patterns of bat activity at that site throughout the winter, and provide critical information about what habitat features are most frequently associated with winter bat use.



NEW EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

May 2018

The BatCaver program has released a new video demonstrating one easy method of decontaminating caving equipment after exiting a cave or mine. Our BC coordinator walks the viewer step-by-step through one of his common decon procedures: immersing his caving equipment in 60 degree water for at least 20 minutes. The video is intended to help increase the likelihood that more people will follow recommended procedure by reducing the effort required to follow the prescribed protocols that reduce the risks of inadvertently transporting White-Nose Syndrome spores from one region to another.

White-Nose Syndrome has continued spreading further westward and was recently discovered infecting bats in Manitoba. As this highly transmissible and fatal disease continues to spread westward, adherence to proper decontamination protocol is increasingly important, especially among anyone who may enter multiple caves or mines in a wide geographic range.

Additional decontamination procedures can be found under the decontamination protocol link on the BatCaver Resources page.


Video

White Nose Syndrome (WNS) is a fungal disease that has caused up to 100% bat mortality in cave hibernacula in Eastern Canada and United States. The longer the West can remain WNS-free, the more time there is to develop critical conservation strategies for vulnerable bat species.

WNS AND WESTERN CANADA

DECONTAMINATION PROTOCOLS FOR VISITING BAT HIBERNACULA

Watch this video in French.

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