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Bat Friendly Community

Comox is protecting and enhancing bat habitats and promoting learning and awareness about the value of local bat colonies in our natural environment. 

August 9, 2023 - Town of Comox was designated as a Bat Friendly Community by the BC Community Bat Programs of BC. 

Presentation of Bat Friendly Community
(Tim Ennis, North Island Coordinator, BC Community Bat Program, presents the Town of Comox with their official designation as a Bat Friendly Community to Comox Mayor, Nicole Minions, and the Comox Team leading the initiative locally (Mark Salter, Tryna McLean, Paul Laronde).   
Bat Certificate

Why Bats? 
Bats are a very important component of the ecosystem. All species of bats in BC are protected from being hunted, captured, killed, transported or harassed in the BC Wildlife Act, and many are listed species at risk or endangered. This means that bats cannot be relocated or disturbed during their active breeding season between May 1 and September 1.  

Bat Facts: 

Bat populations are globally in decline due to pesticide use, loss of habitat, climate change and the introduction of invasive species. In North America, the fungal disease, White Nose Syndrome, has been responsible for the deaths of more than 6 million bats since its discovery in 2006.

You can help our local bat populations by:

  • planting native species and removing invasive plants 
  • providing roosting habitat, either bat houses or leaving habitat trees
  • avoiding the use of pesticides
  • becoming a citizen scientist! Participate in summer roost counts
  • raising awareness about bats

For more details on creating a bat-friendly garden, download this brochure


Frequently Asked Questions about Bats