Welcome to the NS Bat Conservation Web Page

Welcome to the Nova Scotia Bat Conservation Site

Early winter through spring is a sensitive time for bats, especially those infected with white-nose syndrome. Every record you contribute during this period helps us to understand where the disease is located and to document the the extent of bat mortality.

Our website, like the bats we work to conserve, has "gone to sleep" for the winter between November 1, 2014 and May 15, 2015. The Nova Scotia Bat Conservation page will "wake up" on May 15, 2015 refreshed and ready for any observations you make of bats during the summer and early fall.

Have you seen any bats?

If you see a day-flying bat between November 1 and May 15, please contact your nearest regional office of the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources as soon as possible.

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 made during the summer/early autumn of 2013 through this website. Amazingly, in just three months, people submitted over 1000 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. We will be reviewing the data contributed in 2013 and next year hope to develop a bat monitoring program that will be accessible from this page. Click here to see a short report summarizing results from 2013, and click here to view a map of all sightings.

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.