Scientists seek volunteers to help protect B.C. bats against deadly disease

By Wells Gaetz
CTV News Vancouver Island
May 18, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Community Bat Program is looking for volunteers to count bats at local roost sites around the capital region starting in June. The B.C. Annual Bat Count helps biologists understand bat distribution and monitor for impacts of a devastating bat disease called white-nose syndrome. The fungal disease has been slowly making its way across Canada and is fatal for bats, but does not seem to affect other animals or people. …Results from the Bat Count data may help prioritize areas in B.C. for research into treatment options and recovery actions for bats threatened by the deadly fungus, like the Little Brown Myotis. …Volunteers wait outside a known roost site, such as a bat-box, barn, or attic, and count bats as they fly out at twilight. 

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