Townsend’s Big-eared Bats waiting to be counted. Source: J Craig

Annual Bat Count on Galiano Island

Volunteers for BC Bat Counts The Galiano Conservancy Association is seeking volunteers and bat colonies for the Annual Bat Count. This citizen-science initiative encourages residents to count bats at local roost sites. “Bat counts are a wonderful way for residents to get involved in collecting important scientific information” says biologist Mandy Kellner, coordinator of the […]

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A little brown bat with fungal growth, associated with White-Nose Syndrome. Source: Larisa Bishop-Boros

Spring brings increasing interest in bat health and public reports of bats

Fortunately for the bats of BC, it has been a quiet winter. The Little Brown Myotis Conservation Project on Galiano Island, in collaboration with the Province of BC, is on the lookout for signs of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). WNS is a fungal disease harmless to humans but responsible for the deaths of millions of insect-eating […]

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wanted-new-home-for-one-of-b-c-s-biggest-bat-colonies-1.3756305

Public help needed to monitor spread of deadly bat disease

WANTED: Reports of dead bats and of bats flying during winter This article is being shared on behalf of our friends at Habitat Acquisition Trust in Victoria. White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease responsible for the death of millions of bats in eastern North America, has moved to the west coast and was confirmed […]

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Meconella Update

Following our early spring 2014 sighting of a single white meconella, or Meconella oregana, plant having potentially grown from the seeds we planted last year, we sprung into action and moved ahead to try a second year at reintroducing the species to Mt. Sutil’s mossy sun-soaked cliffs. We subsequently went up in mid-May and early […]

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The Coastal Douglas-fir Zone

The Coastal Douglas-fir zone (map) is not only small, it is also the area of highest development in British Columbia, with nearly half its area considered permanently altered by urban development. This precious bioregion is so unique because of its geology, geography and hydrology —all of which affect its biology. One of the defining features […]

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Mt. Sutil White Meconella

We have confirmed a sighting of Meconella oregana at our planting site on Mt. Sutil! This confirms that our re-introduction of this delicate species at risk is seeing some success, and we will continue our efforts. Below is a photo of a flower we documented in our planting site, taken by Lia Chalifour with Ken Millard.

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