Research study on bats in Lillooet, BC., Jason Headley
Research study on bats in Lillooet, BC. © Jason Headley

Dramatically expanding knowledge of western bat species

Hoary Bat, Waterton, J. Hobbs
Hoary Bat, Waterton © J. Hobbs

Hoary Bat

Lasiurus cinereus

Red bat, Chris Godwin-Sheppard
Red bat © Chris Godwin-Sheppard

Eastern Red Bat

Lasiurus borealis

  • We've substantially expanded the known range of this species as we acoustically detect it in more locations across Alberta.
Silver-haired Bat, Cori Lausen
Silver-haired Bat © Cori Lausen

Silver-haired Bat

Lasionycteris noctivagans

  • WCS Canada has been leading the way in study on this species during winter. Through banding and recaptures, we have evidence that male Silver-haired Bats in southern BC are year-round residents, whereas many of the females are moving in from other locations.
  • Our work has also detected winter activity in southeastern Alaska, suggesting they may hibernate in more locations than is currently known—more investigation is needed to understand their winter behaviour.

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Supporting the next generation of conservation scientists

Supporting the next generation of conservation scientists

Since 2009, our unique Weston Graduate Fellowship program has provided funding to 86 graduate research projects stemming from 19 universities.