Contact us

Kootenay Community Bat Project
c/o Elodie Kuhnert (Overall Project Coordinator and West Kootenay contact)
1-855-922-2287 ext. 14

Mailing Address:
Kootenay Community Bat Project
3053 Keniris Rd.
Nelson, BC
V1L 6Z8

Kootenay Community Bat Project

The Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP) was established in 2004 with the goal of raising awareness about bat conservation, conducting inventories of bats in buildings, working with landowners who have bats, and promoting the Annual Bat Count. Over the past 17 years, we have delivered hundreds of educational programs to community groups and schools, visited over 900 properties with bats in buildings, identified key summer roost sites, and supported 85 sites where bat counts are completed.

What We Do

The KCBP provides site visits to properties with bats in the Columbia Basin. Biologists can visit your property to identify your bat species, suggest options for mitigating bat-related issues (e.g. guano accumulation), provide ideas for excluding bats from buildings (if that’s what you choose to do), and assess locations for bat-houses.

The KCBP promotes the Annual Bat Count. If you have a roost site on your property or know of one nearby, we encourage you to become a citizen scientist and collect valuable information on bat populations. The need for this baseline population information is critical now that White Nose Syndrome is in the west.

In partnership with the Wild Voices for Kids program, the KCBP provides school programs to students throughout the Columbia Basin. Matched to the Prescribed Learning Outcomes of each grade level, these fun, educational programs raise awareness about bats, discuss bat ecology, and allow students to eavesdrop on bat echolocation calls. To book a school program visit http://cbeen.ca/wildvoices/.

Our Funders

The Kootenay Community Bat Project gratefully acknowledges funding from the Columbia Basin Trust, the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund and the Public Conservation Assistance Fund. The KCBP works in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, the Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society and the BC Conservation Foundation to administer the program.

Our Coordinator

Elodie Kuhnert is the Coordinating Biologist for the KCBP. She coordinates the Kootenay program, conducts site visits, delivers educational programs, and participates in bat counts.


The Kootenay Community Bat program is being supported and is working together with WCS Canada.