Spring is a good time to stop what you are doing and think about these wonderful mammals waking from hibernation or returning from wintering areas.

The seven species[i] of bats we have identified for Mayne Island are an intrinsic part of our community, and deserve everything we can do to protect and conserve their habitats and lifecycle components. So, at this time of year let’s consider the notion of becoming a designated Bat-Friendly Community.

Where do we go from here?

What does a Bat-Friendly Community do?

  • It encourages an appreciation of bats among the public, by holding events such as talks, bat walks, and workshops.
  • It promotes distribution of bat-friendly management information among the public, including guides, other resources of the BC Community Bat Program, and provincial Best Management Practices.
  • It encourages low pesticide use, as well as mitigation of excessive noise and light disturbances.
  • It encourages the creation and maintenance of green spaces, wetlands, and trees, with a focus on native, bat-friendly plants.
  • It ensures relevant by-laws encourage bat-friendly practices.

The Mayne Island Conservancy has been counting, monitoring, advising about, and raising awareness of bats for eight years and the response to our bat program has been tremendous. Many people are fascinated and enjoy knowing about and seeing bats in the summer months. If we can check off the list of actions required to be designated and demonstrate that they are ongoing, then becoming a bat friendly community would be a great example for other island communities to embrace.

For more information, visit the bat-friendly-communities web page, or talk to us at the Conservancy Booth at the Farmers’ Market starting May 18th.


[i] At the time of writing the linked article about the bats on Mayne in 2021, the Long-eared Myotis had not yet been identified here, so the article only talks about six known bat species.


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