Resources

Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

The CWHC mission is to promote and protect the health of wildlife and Canadians through leadership, partnership, investigation and action.

Decontamination Protocol

BC Bats

The "Got Bats?" initiative is a network of community bat projects across BC, carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Environment. The goals of this network are to: (1) increase the number of known roost sites in human-made structures; (2) encourage landowners to protect their bat roost sites or use bat-friendly exclusion methods and install bat-houses; (3) promote the Annual Bat Count to monitor bat populations;  and (4) enhance bat habitat by encouraging the installation and monitoring of bat-houses.

Best Management Practices

Best management practices outlined by the British Columbia government were updated in February 2016 to provide information and guidelines to minimize potential impacts of resource development and other human activities on bats and their habitats in BC.

Alberta Bat Action Team

The Alberta Bat Action Team (ABAT) is a working group of enthusiastic people with a common goal of improving bat conservation and management within Alberta. ABAT is forging ahead with innovative programs aimed at conservation and management of bat species that reside in or migrate through the province.


Government of Canada: Bats and White-nose Syndrome in Canada

The Government of Canada has added three species of bats to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk in Canada (also known as Schedule I of the Species at Risk Act) as Endangered due to the threat of White-nose Syndrome. This page has been created to provide information for Canadians on the Emergency Listing Order, the disease threatening the bats, the requirements of SARA and ways you can help protect and preserve bat populations. Below you will find links to factsheets, maps, species profiles and other documents.


U.S. White Nose Syndrome Information

This is the official U.S. source of information about white-nose syndrome in bats, led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Bat Conservation International

BCI is dedicated to the enduring protection of the world’s 1300+ species of bats and their habitats and creating a world in which bats and humans successfully coexist. In pursuit of this vision, during the next five years BCI will work worldwide at scale with local, regional, national and multinational public and private partners to respond rapidly and effectively to bat conservation crises, preventing the extinction of threatened bats and the extirpation of globally significant populations of bats.


Wildlife Health and Disease


Canadian Cave Conservancy

We are a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation of Canadian caves, karst, and related resources through understanding, education, stewardship and support. To achieve these ends we: (1) develop, assemble and share expertise in order to improve the base of knowledge and understanding essential to conservation of cave and karst resources; (2) educate and advise resource managers, users and the general public about cave and karst resources, their benefits, and ways of improving their conservation; and (3)  undertake and sponsor projects, develop useful tools, and encourage and support activities by others that will improve understanding and wise stewardship of cave and karst resources.


Canadian Caving

This site started in April 1996 to promote cave conservation in Canada and has gone from a single page site to one over 100 pages. It’s a collection of articles and stories written by cavers for cavers and the general public.


British Columbia Speleological Federation

Formed and registered as a provincial society in 1978, the BC Speleological Federation became the recognized “umbrella organization” for organized caving groups in the province in 1987.  Rather than being an active caving group as such, it exists to represent the interests of organized cavers and to provide a number of essential services to support the members of the caving community in their activities with locally-based groups.  The BCSF is a federation of provincial caving organizations, including formally organized caving clubs, commercial cave tour operators, and individual cavers associations.


Alberta Speleological Society

The Alberta Speleological Society (ASS) is an organization open to anyone interested in sporting or scientific aspects of caves in the Rocky Mountains, and who is willing to visit them in a safe, environmentally friendly manner. They are the recognized caving authority in the province of Alberta

 

Alberta Community Bat Program

 

WNS in Descent Magazine

Protect Bats

Bats are very sensitive to disturbance while hibernating. If you see hibernating bats, leave the area immediately.

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Clean Gear

Decontaminating your gear between caving trips can prevent the spread of WNS.



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Find Bats

Install a bat monitoring device in a cave or mine when you go caving.



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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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