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Citizens' science initiatives need volunteers to count B.C. Bats – Ladysmith Chronicle



The BC Community Bat program asks volunteers to help endangered wildlife, such as Little Brown Bat, with a citizenship initiative.

Volunteering is needed to count bats on local roost sites around B.C.

"The number is a wonderful way for people to get involved in collecting important scientific information, and to learn about betting," says biologist Ella Braden, coordinator of the Okanagan Community Bat program, in a press release.

In 2018, the annual bat blocks gathered baseline data on flutter populations in 214 locations throughout the province and hoped to find more sites for 2019. Billing data helps bat biologists understand fluttering and normal variation in colony sizes before the devastating nose Syndrome affects bats in the province before the devastating nose Syndrome affects bats in the province.

Vitno's syndrome is an introduced fungal disease, lethal to bats but not to other animals or humans. Not yet identified in B.C., the disease continues to spread in Washington State. Results from the bat can help prioritize areas in B.C. for research on treatment options and recovery measures.

Volunteers are waiting outside a well-known rust scene, like a bat, a barn, a bridge or the wind, and counting bats as they fly out at dusk. They record the final number along with basic weather information. Ideally, one to two bills are made between 1 and 21 June before the kids are born and one to two between July 11 and August 5 when the kids fly.

"We know relatively little about bats in the B.C., including basic population information," Braden said. "This information is more valuable than ever, especially if it is collected annually. If people want to get involved, but do not have a rusting place on their property, we will try to match them with a rusting site nearby."

The BC Community Bat program provides information for people who handle bat problems on their property or who have questions about how to attract bat. To learn more about betting or white nose syndrome, to report a dead bats or to get help with fluttering issues, visit www.bcbats.ca or call 1-855-9BC-BATS ext. 13th

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