BMN has a bat monitoring team that conducts scheduled outings during the spring and summer to visit specific locations to detect and count bat populations in the area. Bat monitoring sessions are conducted on a scheduled basis by BMN members.
The bat species most commonly detected include Little Brown Myotis and Yuma Myotis bats, as well as California, Big Brown, Hoary, Silver Haired, and Townsend Big-eared bats. The bat count information collected by the team is provided to the Ministry of Environment, BC Community Bat Program, and Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.
BMN is working with Metro Vancouver Parks and the local Tri-Cities municipalities to help support bat populations in our communities. This includes installing bat roosting boxes, as well as providing educational outreach programs about bats for the public.
In May 2017, BMN applied for and received a grant from the Pacific Parklands Foundation to build a bat maternity condo in Colony Farm Regional Park to replace an existing maternity site that had fallen into disrepair. The project was completed in October 2018. Check back here for updates on when the bats decide to make the condo their new home.