In this activity, students discuss how we can protect bat habitats and create skits to teach others about bat conservation.
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Bats can eat up to their own body weight in insects each night and have been shown to have a positive contribution to pest control for farmers and their crops. This article explains how Tony and Betty Koch, farmers in Oregon, attracted 54 species of birds and a growing colony of little brown bats to their property to significantly reduce their use of pesticides.
The little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) is on the endangered species list and needs our protection. Learn more at the Canada’s Species at Risk registry.
Pesticides are used to kill, repel, or control plants or animals considered to be pests, but can have harmful environmental impacts such as:
There are various techniques farmers are using to decrease the use of pesticides like:
For more information, check out alternatives to pesticides.
BC Hydro continues to work on protection of a variety of species, including federally and provincially listed species and their habitats under the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) and Water Use Plans (WUP).
There is Bat Enhancement Planning and Inventory at Buntzen, Alouette, and Lower Steve/Hayward Lakes. For more information, see the list of species-at-risk and how it's been addressed.
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