Community Bat Program Awareness

Community Bat Program Awareness
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The Town of Comox Parks staff have worked in conjunction with the Comox Valley Land Trust to set up our own Community Bat Program. Conservation Biologist Tim Ennis has been invaluable in guiding and assisting the Town in every step of the way through this process.

Comox Parks staff have installed rocket box style bat houses in various Comox parks throughout town. These houses will provide hundreds of bats with a dry, safe environment as their summer roosting habitat. The Town greatly appreciates Tony Billy for his time, effort and superb craftsmanship in the building of these bat houses and assisting with installations.

There are many reasons why bat populations are of conservation concern including habitat loss, roost disturbance, and the introduction of white nose syndrome, a bat disease which is decimating bat populations across North America.

Bats play an important role in our ecosystems by consuming large numbers of flying insects. A single bat can eat hundreds of mosquitos and other insects in an hour thereby reducing the need for pesticides.

Exposure to bats is a very low health risk but precautions should always be taken. Never handle bats with your bare hands. If you are bitten or scratched by a bat, seek medical attention.

Please observe, but do not disturb the bats or their houses.