Boo! Sure they’re ugly, but they do eat lots of mosquitoes. (Photo: BC Community Bat Program)

Bat counters wanted in Surrey

Biologist Mandy Kellner says it’s a “wonderful way” to help collect important scientific information

Ever count bats with the Count on Sesame Street, when you were a kid?

If so, here’s your chance to relive your childhood, with the exception being that these here bats are real.

“Surrey has many areas that would provide ideal habitat for bats and the BC Community Bat Program requires immediate help from local residents,” said Danielle Dagenais, regional bats coordinator for the Metro Vancouver-Squamish area.

So why count bats?

Biologist Mandy Kellner, coordinator of the BC Community Bat Program, says it’s a “wonderful way for residents to get involved in collecting important scientific information.

“No special skills are needed, you can be any age, and you can relax in a deck chair while counting.”

This annual bat count aims to collect “baseline data” on bat populations before a “devastating” fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome strikes bats in this province. Kellner says the disease is estimated to have killed more than seven million bats since it was discovered a decade ago in eastern North America.

“In March 2016, the disease was detected just east of Seattle, and has now spread within Washington State,” Kellner said. “This has greatly increased our urgency to understand bat populations in B.C.”

Bats, of course, are gluttons when it comes to devouring mosquitoes. A lone bat can chow down on up to 1,200 per hour, and that’s just fine by most people who like to enjoy their backyard on a summer evening.

So if you want to participate in the Surrey bat census, join other volunteers who wait by roost sites likes barns, bridges, bat-houses or old atttics to count the bats as they venture out at twilight. For more information on how you can help, visit www.bcbats.ca or call 1-855-9BC-BATS.



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

Surrey-based podcast focuses on Canadian true crime

Corus Entertainment’s Curiouscast picks up Dark Poutine

United Way to give $12K to Clayton Heights projects promoting ‘local love’

Charity to provide $12,000 to projects addressing feelings of isolation in Clayton Heights

White Rock ‘candidates’ discuss water, highrises at mock debate

White Rock South Surrey Stroke Recovery Branch members debated civic issues Thursday

North Delta’s Jalen and Tyson Philpot turning heads in Calgary

Former Seaquam Seahawks making their mark in their rookie season with University of Calgary Dinos

NHL’s Brent Seabrook backs Harvie for Delta mayor

“I support Harvie’s commitment to delivering key investments for sport and recreation facilities.”

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started weedmama.ca to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome

The Grade 9 student wanted to give away tickets in the spirit of inclusivity

Canada’s top general takes aim at new reports of military sexual assault

Gen. Jonathan Vance is unhappy some troops continue to ignore his order to cease all sexual misconduct

Most Read