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 bat reporting portal is back for its second year. Our goal 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.

Toll free:1-866-727-3447

We are launching a new Bat Monitoring Portal to collect information from roost sites

We are seeking volunteers to help us monitor roosting sites, where bats congregate to birth and raise their young. This will provide more detailed information on populations trends. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate. All you need to do is commit to monitoring a roosting site twice during the summer, once from July 5-12 and once from August 2-10. Each monitoring session will take approximately an hour in the evening, starting just before sunset and ending after dark. Click here to vist our monitoring page for more information on how to get involved or click on the button to the left to create an account or log in to our Monitoring Portal.

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. 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. Click here to see a short report summarizing results from 2013.

 

You can also help spread the word by downloading and distributing our bat poster.

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.