Get Batty with the Cumberland Bat Project!

The annual BC Bat count is a project of the BC Community Bat Program, and the Cumberland Bat Project is jumping into action!

As partners in the North Island Chapter of the BC Community Bat Program, we’re looking for keen volunteers to participate in evening (dusk) bat counts at a variety of roost locations in Cumberland and surrounding areas June 1-30 and again July 11th to August 5th 2022.

Volunteers are asked to be available for a minimum of 2 evenings in each window. The BC Bat Count is a fun way to connect with this amazing species in our midst and connect with other batty minded folks. Message heather@cumberlandforest.com to volunteer.

*If you think you might have bats living in your home or on your property, lucky you! We’d love to know – message Tim at northisland@bcbats.ca

What is the Cumberland Bat Project?

The Cumberland Bat Project ​is a grassroots community project that brings together biologists and public educators with our community to build connection to the diverse species and ecosystems surrounding us and to collect data to support habitat protection efforts.

Coordinated by the Cumberland Community Forest Society and the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership, the Cumberland Bat Project aims to make Cumberland a bat friendly community and build knowledge and appreciation for these important species we share our home with.

Almost 40% of BC bat species are in trouble, with some already listed as endangered or threatened. Did you know Cumberland’s surrounding wilderness is home to 10 different bat species? These include 2 at risk species – the Townsend’s Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) and the Little Brown Bat Myotis lucifugus.

Little Brown Bat’s are at risk specifically due to the spread of white nose syndrome (which can travel on camping equipment and climbing ropes). As an ‘indicator species’, changes to bat populations can also indicate changes in biodiversity. Bats suffer when there are problems with insect populations (because bats feed on insects) or when habitats are destroyed.

Stay tuned for public events, bat nights, bat walks and bat engagement projects.

Fun Bat Facts:

Bats in Spring:

You may find bats in odd places at this time of year. Perhaps one roosting above an outside door entrance-way or in a wood pile. If the bat is safe from curious kids and pets, please leave the bat alone. It may stay there for a few days or up to a week. If it is still there after a week, please report it to BC Community Bat Program. It may be dead. www.bcbats.ca.

Local Comox Valley inquiries should be directed to the North Island Chapter of the BC Community Bat Program at northisland@bcbats.ca or 250-650-9561 . In the Comox Valley, the BC Bat Program is particularly interested in locating and monitoring roost sites in the 2019 season, so anyone with information about the location of roost sites is encouraged to contact us.

Bats are important. They are in trouble. Bats need your help. Learn more about bats. Visit www.bcbats.ca for more information.