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The Bat Caver Program, a program of WCS Canada,  has been made possible by the support of multiple funders and partner organizations.


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Acknowledgements


The Wildlife Conservation Society Canada recognizes the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and anglers, hunters, trappers and guides who contribute to the Trust, for making a significant financial contribution to support the  project "Preparing BC for White Nose Syndrome in Bats: Establishing baseline bat hibernation information". Without such support, this project would not have been possible.

 The Wildlife Conservation Society Canada gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program for its contribution to the project "Identifying and Securing Bat Hibernation Habitat in the Southern Columbia Basin in Preparation for the Spread of White Nose Syndrome".

Part of the National Conservation Plan, this project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada. /  Dans le cadre du Plan de conservation national, ce projet a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) was the first conservation organization with a dedicated team of wildlife veterinarians and other health professionals deployed around the world. The WCS Wildlife Health & Health Policy Program, which has helped support the Bat Caver Program, focuses on problem-solving at the wildlife / domestic animal / human health and livelihoods interface, as underpinned by a foundation of environmental stewardship.

 

 

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 HIBERNACULUM FOUND

February 2017

On a February 2017 trip to the boreal forest of northern Alberta, BatCaver volunteers have confirmed the use of a cave by Little Brown Myotis bats for hibernation.  In this cave, 213 Myotis lucifugus were counted, but it is suspected that more exist.  The cave itself is unusual in that it was formed by a light sulphuric acid dissolving the limestone, making the environment fairly inhospitable for humans.  Bats were swabbed for samples of DNA and to monitor for signs of white-nose syndrome.  Ultrasonic data loggers that record bat activity were deployed, along with temperature and humidity loggers which gather information on the type of cave climate the bats are using at this site.  This is the third largest hibernaculum found in Alberta to date.

In our partnering with the general public, biologists and the caving community, other smaller newly discovered hibernation sites have been brought to our attention.  These include sites in British Columbia in the regions of these communities:  near Victoria; Port Alberni; Greenwood;  Dawson Creek; and Hudsons Hope.  Many other old mine sites have been found to contain large numbers of hibernating bats, primarily in southern BC.

Click here to read the full press release.


NEW EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

February 2017

The BatCaver program has produced brochures aimed at people visiting caves which explain the risks of inadvertently transporting white-nose syndrome spores from one region to another.  It also contains conservation messaging, decontamination protocols for WNS and contacts for further information.   

These have been sent to tourist caves in western Canada as well as caving organizations.  In addition, we have produced signage regarding bat conservation messaging, intended for posting at entrances to bat hibernation caves.  Other signage has been produced in consultation with BC Parks, for posting at trailheads to provincial cave parks which has similar conservation messaging.  We are also workng with other bat groups across Canada on bat translocation signage.  This is regarding the issues around bats being accidentally transported by campers and their vehicles when moving around North America.  The concern is regarding moving bats infected with white-nose syndrome to uninfected regions.

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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