The northern myotis bat., Jared Hobbs
The northern myotis bat. © Jared Hobbs

Western Bats

WCS Canada's Western Bat Program is committed to protecting bats and bat habitats in Western North America.

The Western Canada Bat Conservation program is uniquely positioned to lead, carry out, and coordinate research and conservation efforts for Western Canada’s bats.

How we work

  • Conducting research to fill critical knowledge gaps
  • Applying the best available science
  • Working with governments to influence policy and leverage efforts and support
  • Working with other researchers and biologists
  • Developing strategic collaborations and partnerships
  • Monitoring bat populations and bat diversity to guide conservation efforts
  • Educating the public and training biologists
  • Sharing our science
Alberta and BC bat program map, WCS Canada
Alberta and BC bat program map © WCS Canada

Where we work

The Western Canada Bat Conservation Program concentrates efforts in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan with limited work in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Wildlife

Bats

Bats are the world’s only flying mammal.

Projects

Bat boxes

Bat boxes

Bats need homes, but they need the right homes.

Creating bat habitat

Creating bat habitat

We're working on tree roost enhancement, old growth gap mitigation, and bat-friendly forestry techniques for the forestry industry.

How you can help bats

How you can help bats

Take part in citizen science, and learn more about bats

Safer wind power for bats

Safer wind power for bats

An estimated 1 million bats are now being killed by wind turbines annually in North America – a number that will continue to rise as more wind turbines are constructed.

Resources


Stories and op-eds

‘Bat boxes’ could help revive Canada’s depleting bat population
2021-08-05

‘Bat boxes’ could help revive Canada’s depleting bat population

From habitat loss to disease, bat species across Canada are facing multiple threats. As cities expand, the large old trees that bats call home are being cleared and bats are losing their roosts.
Bats are superheroes of the night. Their superpowers could help us protect them.
2020-12-28

Bats are superheroes of the night. Their superpowers could help us protect them.

Many of us might struggle to see a moose on a moonless night, let alone a mosquito. But some bats have a nifty trick — they use their ears to locate their bug prey.
Cori Lausen

Media coverage

Echoes in the Dark: Unveiling the Mysteries of Bats with Cori Lausen

In this episode, Cori unravels the secrets of these nocturnal creatures and the critical efforts underway to protect them.
2024-03-04 | Northern Latitudes podcast

Bats can sing—and this species might be crooning love songs

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, scientists discover only the second North American bat species known to sing.
2024-02-14 | National Geographic

Bats have a unique superpower. Climate change is turning it into a liability

“They break all the rules,” said Cori Lausen, a bat expert at the environmental group Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.
2024-01-30 | Vox

Our team

Cori Lausen

Cori Lausen

Director of Bat Conservation

Sarah Olson

Sarah Olson

Director of Health Research

Dana Blouin

Dana Blouin

Program Manager

Jason Rae

Jason Rae

 Bat Program Manager

Susan Holroyd

Susan Holroyd

WCS Canada Bat Program Manager

Cory Olson

Cory Olson

Alberta Bat Program Coordinator

Erin Low

Erin Low

Program Coordinator, BC Bat Program

Heather Gates

Heather Gates

Bat Program Field Coordinator

Maleen Mund

Maleen Mund

Probiotic Project Coordinator


Press releases

Bats need homes, but they need the right homes
2023-11-28

Bats need homes, but they need the right homes

Comprehensive guide to deploying bat houses released