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10
Dec

Special Equipment Needed to Give Bats a Fighting Chance

Many of us will make a donation this holiday season but very few of us will think about making a donation towards the protection of bats.

Help us reach our goal of $3,000 (donate here) so we can purchase bat monitoring equipment for Burke Mountain Naturalists. The equipment will help this dedicated group of volunteers monitor bats in regional parks and ultimately protect them. With the looming threat of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) understanding local bat populations is more important than ever. WNS is a fatal fungal disease that has killed over six million bats in Canada and the U.S.

Bats?! Those spooky winged creatures?

Yes, bats! We know that bats have historically been portrayed as villains (think Dracula and vampires) but those days are over. Did you know that bats provide key ecosystem services like insect regulation, seed dispersal and pollination? Some bats have even been touted as agricultural heroes because of their ability to control insect populations that would otherwise damage commercial crops. Yes, you read that correctly, heroes!

A bat monitoring device used in the field. Professional grade bat detectors are equipped with high quality recordings, built-in GPS and mapping, and geotagging capabilities.

We need your help to enhance monitoring in regional parks.

In order to protect a species we need to understand them. Wildlife monitoring is an essential part of conservation. Professional grade bat monitoring equipment will allow Burke Mountain Naturalists to record and detect bat colonies while mapping and geotagging their locations. By donating today you will further conservation efforts for bats in regional parks.

Help us purchase the equipment needed to protect local bats.

 

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