Volunteers

Our volunteers are what makes our project a success. They are as diverse as the bats we study: cave explorers, mine explorers, bat aficionados, bat researchers and, well, everybody else! Here are a few photos of our volunteers in action across BC and Alberta. If you are a volunteer and would like to contribute pictures to this page, please send them along. Thanks!
  • White Hole deployment, Trent Blair KS picx450
  • KG Castleguard Feb 2016x450
  • Batgirl Omura, Pic by Troy Young, Body Paint by Amanda Tozserx450
  • Frank Schlichtingx450
  • Muddy Cave Nate de Bockx450
  • Robin Beech MDx450
  • Kirk Saffordx450
  • White Hole rappel - Jean Hansen Ingebjorg pic 2x450

Want to volunteer?

Check out our Get Involved page.                                                                       

 

Our volunteers in 2015/16:

Robin Beech
Trent Blair
Doug Burles   
Andrea Corlett
Charlene Forrest
Ryles Forrest   
Kathleen Graham
Stuart de Haas, University of Victoria Caving Club
Dave Hobson
Mike Kelly
Diana Kirkwood
Jason Lavigne
Tanya Luszcz
Chris Manahan
Colin Massey
Batgirl Omura
Kirk Safford
Frank Schlichting
Kevin Stanway
Dayon Traynor
Nicholas Vieira
Chelsea Power
Peter Curtis
Felix Martinez
Simon Amero
Matt Neuwirth
Chuck Priestley
Adriana Suarez
Dave Hobson
Christian Stenner
Alisa Vanderberg
Diana Kirkwood
Jules Paulson
Tristan Crosby
Aimee Mitchell
Chris Currie
Erin Low


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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