Townsend’s Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii)



  • BC: Blue – S3 (2022)
  • COSEWIC: Not Ranked
  • SARA: Not Ranked
  • Global: Apparently Secure (2016)
  • Galiano Island Status: Confirmed


Townsend’s Big-eared Bat is a medium-size bat with enormous ears – about one half its body length – and two prominent, glandular swellings on its nose.


Associated with a variety of habitats from coastal forests to arid grasslands of the interior. Distribution coincides with intensively developed regions.


Found throughout the western United States; there are isolated populations on the southern Great Plains and in the Ozarks and Appalachians. In Canada, it is restricted to British Columbia. On the coast, it inhabits Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Vancouver area; in the interior, it has been found as far north as Williams Lake and east to Creston.


Fire and human disturbance are the key threats to this species.

Galiano Status

This species has been observed on Galiano Island as recently as 2017.

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