Living with a Bat Colony

There are many reasons why you may decide to maintain your colony of bats rather than try to get rid of them:

  • The roost site may be providing critical habitat for the bats and the chance of losing the colony will be reduced if they can stay where they are.
  • Bats are fascinating and provide a learning environment, especially for children. Some landowners have even installed a viewing chamber to watch the bats without disturbing them.
  • Bats are long-lived (more than 30 years) unlike rodents and usually only have a single pup, making them more vulnerable to population decline.
  • Bats rarely carry rabies and will sicken and die if they contract it, unlike some other animals that are unaffected carriers.
  • Most colonies in buildings are maternity colonies, used year-after-year.
  • Bats consume noxious pests (mosquitoes), agricultural pests and forest pests.
  • Bat guano is an excellent fertilizer.

Successfully living with bats!

1. There is a colony of MYVO in the Pallisades Centre in Jasper National Park (complete with batcam)

Learn more: http://www.thepalisadescentre.ca/Photos.php

2. There is a colony of COTO in the golf club house at the St Eugene's Mission 

Learn more: http://steugene.ca/en/townsends-big-eared-bats/

3. The Qualicum bat house (It is a house bought just to keep the bats!)

Learn more: http://conservancy.bc.ca/featured-projects/qualicum-bat-house/

4. The Denman Island Colony 

Learn more: http://www.denman-conservancy.org/denman-nature/denman-bats/denmans-old-school-maternal-bat-colony/