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 ScienceInventoryResearchSpecies-at-Risk
Group Types Non-Profit Organization

Our Mission:

WCS safeguards wildlife and wild places in Canada through science, conservation action, and inspiring people to value nature.

Our Vision:

WCS Canada envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on Earth.

WCS Canada saves wildlife and wild places through science, action, education, and inspiration. Our scientists conduct comprehensive field studies and resolve conservation issues by working with people such as stakeholders, communities, conservation groups, and industry.
In British Columbia and Alberta, our focus is on bat conservation. We have a program lead by Dr. Cori Lausen which focusses on citizen science, research and monitoring of bats. These actions comprise 3 WCSC projects: Alberta Community Bat Program, North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat), and BatCaver ( And in the West Kootenay, WCSC will be playing an increasing role in administering the Kootenay Community Bat Program.
Our research efforts are year-round. In winter, they are aimed largely at understanding hibernation ecology prior to the arrival of white-nose syndrome; we are also interested in characterizing microclimates selected by building roosting bats in summer, especially as it pertains to use and reproductive success in bat houses and other alternative human-made roosting structures.