Alberta Community Bat Project: 49.721679, -113.400041
Alberta Community Bat Project White-Nose Syndrome, a disease that has devastated bat populations since its arrival in eastern North America in 2006, has arrived in the west and is expected to spread to Alberta in the near future. Because bats play a key role in ecosystems, agriculture and forestry by consuming large numbers of insects, this is potentially devastating to the economy and to ecosystem health. WCS Canada's proposed Alberta Community Bat program will engage Alberta citizens to protect and enhance bat habitats, and help fill critical knowledge gaps to enable Alberta prepare for and mitigate the impacts of this disease. This time-sensitive work will locate bat roosts across Alberta and ensure citizen awareness of how they can help conserve these important species. Alberta bats, and therefore Alberta, will benefit when members of the public erect bat houses, participate in bat counts, report or help locate roosts, and governments commit to conservation efforts.