Kootenay Community Bat Project
|Conservation Neighbourhood||Columbia ValleyCreston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeElk ValleyGoldenKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth CountrySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper ArrowUpper Kootenay River Valley|
|Focuses||Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachSpecies-at-RiskWildlife/Fish Conservation|
Our Mission:To raise awareness about bats in southeastern BC and work with local residents who have bats in buildings.
Our Vision:To promote the conservation of bats in the Kootenay region, including species-at-risk and those at risk for White Nose Syndrome.
The Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP) was established in 2004 to raise awareness about bats in southeastern BC and work with local residents who have bats in buildings. The KCBP provided the first recorded inventory of bats in the Slocan Valley and the first community-based bat inventory and conservation project in BC. To date, the project has conducted almost 400 site visits and identified over 300 roost sites for 8 species of bats. The success of identifying roost sites for species at risk and the enthusiasm of residents to report their bats, conserve their roost sites or consider sensitive methods for removing bats from their homes continues to drive the success of this project.