In this activity, students play a game to learn how bats can help farmers by eating insects that eat their crops, reducing the need for pesticides that are harmful to the planet.
Bats in BC play significant roles in pest management and pollination. This article talks about how bats reduce the need for chemical pesticides and indicate ecosystem health by revealing insect population density.
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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