Going to Bat for Bats: Engaging Albertans in Bat Conservation
WCS Canada continues using citizen science in Alberta to prevent White-nose Syndrome (WNS) from spreading in our important bat population. Bats play a vital ecological role in our ecosystems, especially controlling insects, many of which are considered pests to agriculture, forestry and tourism. These small but mighty creatures are the longest-lived and slowest reproducing of all small mammals, and they cannot recover quickly from population die-backs. As a result of the large-scale WNS deaths in the east, three bat species were recently listed as Endangered in Canada. Two (little brown myotis and northern myotis) occur in Alberta.