Our Story

South coastal BC is a biodiverse region experiencing significant pressures from urbanization and fragmentation. The provision of lands managed for wildlife in this region is essential to maintain biodiversity in BC. Understanding what species are using these refuges is key to providing stewardship for our native wildlife. The South Coast Bat Conservation Society, formerly South Coast Bat Action Team, was formed in 2011 to provide bat monitoring and public education in south coastal BC. With the aim of connecting bats with communities, SCBAT has conducted bat surveys throughout the South Coast and worked with a range of conservation partners including stewardship groups, parks management, universities and landowners providing valuable baseline data on bat populations in southern BC. SCBAT also provides public education through online resources and public outreach at local events.

Relatively little is known about bat populations on the south coast, with baseline surveys required to develop management of bats in the region. Recent threats to bats such White-nose Syndrome, currently spreading west across North America, also highlight the need to gather background data before our local populations of bats are impacted. Bats are abundant on the south coast of British Columbia, yet knowledge is very limited about the habits of these species. Many of our coastal bat species are either red or blue-listed, and while in some cases this is certainly caused by genuine rarity, we have little information on population trends, on actual distributions of these species along the coast, and on the over-wintering patterns of these species. Both basic and long-term monitoring is needed to provide the necessary information to develop management plans for bats in south coastal BC. Protected areas managed for wildlife represent valuable refuges for bats and other wildlife; our monitoring is valuable in informing management for bat habitat across the south coast


2 thoughts on “Our Story

  1. One of my friends recently suggested to contact SCBAT to support bat conservation activities. I am retired, and intereted in bat conservation since my boyhood in Japan. I discovered Townsend’s Big-ear Bat in Minnekhada Regional Park in 1995 which information was on Maclean’s on Feb. 7, 2000 issue. I am a member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists, as well as BCI for many years, and personally guide some private groups, such as YNC to visit local bat sites. Although my activities are now limited, I am interested in learning activities with SVBAT. I am aware of few bat habitats in TriCity area, and share any information I have in hand with you at any time. Kiyoshi Takahashi

  2. Hi thanks for getting contact with us, it’s always great to hear from a fellow bat enthusiast. We would love to hear everything you’d like to share with us about bats. The best way to get in contact with us and learn more, or arrange for an education night would be to send us an email at southcoastbats@gmail.com. Our Project Outreach Leader, Erin Rutherford, will gladly arrange an education night for you. We would also love to hear any information you have about bat habitat on the south coast. We hope to hear from you soon.


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