Welcome to the NS Bat Conservation Web Page

Welcome to the Nova Scotia Bat Conservation Site

Bats are increasingly at risk in Nova Scotia and Canada due to white-nose syndrome caused by an invasive fungus (Geomyces destructans). During the winter of 2012-2013, white-nose syndrome was responsible for a decline of 95% of bats in five of Nova Scotia's largest overwintering sites. In the wake of this unprecedented natural disaster, we need to know where bats are located across the province.

The goal of the bat reporting website is to amass the collective knowledge of past and current bat sightings in Nova Scotia to guide conservation and recovery efforts. Your participation is valuable and will be held confidential. If you wish, you do not need to give exact locations of your observations, although this information would increase the value of your report.

Have you seen any bats?

You can help by reporting your bat sightings, past or present.

Click here to contact your local DNR office

Nova Scotians have shown overwhelming support for reporting bat observations

Many thanks to all of you who took the time to provide valuable details of bat observations in 2013 and 2014. Amazingly, in just two summers, people submitted over 2000 reports, reflecting both current and historic records from across Nova Scotia. One bat report was even sent by cell phone from a ship's mariner far off shore on the open ocean! Nova Scotians on both land and sea have rallied to the bat conservation cause.  Through your efforts we are now in a position to better understand the geography of impacts of white-nose syndrome across the province with new insights about regions where bats are yet apparently unaffected. If not for your participation, this level of understanding would not have been possible.

Bats are fascinating and ecologically important mammals but, like all wildlife, you should never touch them. Rabies has been documented in bats in low incidences throughout much of North America. The probability of contacting rabies from bats is very low, however caution is warranted. If you have been bitten by a bat or have been in close contact with a bat, contact your nearest Regional Medical Officer of Health.