Bats behave strangely – young people learn to fly, others avoid heat, smoke

Bats – long associated with vampires and superpowers and often seen at night – are spotted during daylight hours and are good, weird, weird.

Don’t worry, says Daniel Book, coordinator of the bat conservation program with the Habitat Acquisition Trust in Victoria.

She is receiving increasing calls from property owners on the island of Vancouver and the Gulf Islands, or about the “major” bats on the planet, but only learning like young bats – puppies. “Understandably, learning to do that can take a while, but they will eventually crucify him,” Buckle said.

The advice is to leave the bats alone and never touch them with your hands – dead or alive.

Experts say bats are more likely to be infected with rabies, and any transmission risk should not be underestimated. If a person or pet is bitten or scratched by a bacterium, consult a doctor or veterinarian.

According to the district Ministry of Environment, less than 1% of wild bats have a rabies virus. If there are no other bats, they will get sick and die.

British Columbia is home to more than 16 species of bats — seven of which live on Vancouver Island — and half of them are endangered, including a small brown bat and a Townsend with a large ear.

Mandy Kelner, biologist and coordinator of the BC Community Bats Program, says that in the middle of summer, people often begin to notice bat activity and some of the behavior may be unusual.

“There may be bats that fly home, and sometimes the bats roam on the ground or in an unusual place. These amazing visitors are usually young puppies,” Keller said. She says puppies are learning to fly in July and August, and their first effort will be to connect with people.

According to Kelner, in some parts of the region, heat and wildfires can also cause bats to use various airports, with bats resting on umbrellas or on the sides of the house during the day.

Bacle said bats can be flown out of traditional airports to cool during the summer.

The BC Community Bat Program is collecting reports of behavior changes during the recent long hot and dry seasons.

According to Kelner, female bats congregate in early “summer colonies” to have a baby, and stay there until the puppies are ready to fly, usually at this time.

Unlike mouse-like mice, bats have a single puppy each year. “And that’s one of the problems. They’re slowly starving and not much,” she said. If they make themselves ground, they are fragile little creatures. Some people take them out of the sun, but they often have to leave them alone. Many will eventually fly away. ”

Although bats typically prefer caves and cliffs and tree trunks from bark and bark, Kellner said some species of bats have agreed to live in structures such as roofs or shelters. Depending on the species, they migrate or sleep during the winter, but some are known to be active during the colder months.

Buck admits that bats often get bad rap. They are often associated with dementia or problems in buildings. Some find it awful.

But bats are important.

Kelner Many landowners see bats as a help because they eat a lot of insects and control pests that affect agriculture and forestry.

According to studies by the Ministry of the Environment, a nursing bat can eat its own body weight or more in a night. And in the laboratory, a small brown bat, usually weighing about six grams, ate 600 mosquitoes in an hour.

Scientists play a major role in nitrogen production by placing their nests in forests. Bats claim to be ecologically sound because of their sensitivity to pollution and pesticides.

Kelner said some people may prefer to keep bats out of their buildings. According to the BC Wildlife Act, it is illegal to kill or injure bats, and isolation should be done only after it has been determined that bats are not in the building during the fall and winter months.

And that may be easier said than done. Most bats are small and can squeeze in small gaps, and can survive if they block long-term access.

Small brown bats can live up to 40 years.

Alternative bat nests are promoted by light protection groups that can be made at home at affordable prices. Bats may be less likely to enter the blocked rainwater entrance if an alternative box is nearby or voluntarily enter.

The boxes can be purchased at garden centers, hardware stores and some craft markets.

He said Habita SC is eager to work with individuals, community groups and municipalities to install more bat boxes around the state. She said there are already active bat boxes in many areas, including the Swan Lake Nature Temple, the Elk and Beaver Lakes Regional Park, the Pacific Garden Center and the Metchosin Community Hall.

dkloster@timescolonist.com

Bat facts

• BC community bat programs have plans to build a variety of bats on bcbats.ca

• To report bat movement and bat views, landowners can visit the South Vancouver Island and South Gulf Islands Community Bat Program at bat@hat.bc.ca or 1-855-9BC-BATS ext 12, or. Do you have bats? BC Community Bats Program Website.

• BC Community Bats programs are supported by the Rich Conservation Trust Foundation, the BCC Forest Improvement Association, the District of British Columbia and several regional fundraisers.

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