05 Apr Event: Building bat friendly communities
Event: Building bat friendly communities
April 17, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Virtual event (zoom)
Calgary Wildlife and The Alberta Community Bat Program have partnered to offer a unique informative and interactive evening on bat education. Bats play an important role in our ecosystem, join us on April 17, International Bat Appreciation Day, and learn about building bat friendly communities.
In this virtual event we will discuss:
- Why a concern for bats
- Economic importance (ie.Bat-Friendly Farming Initiative)
- Alberta bats – species, ecology
- Building bat houses
- Bats & rabies
- What to do if you find a bat
- And more!
This is a family friendly event, so order in your favourite takeout, set up the computer and get ready to learn some fun facts on bats!
Susan Holroyd: The Alberta Community Bat Program’s mission is to raise awareness of bat conservation issues, help local residents manage bats in buildings, and to collect data needed to monitor and better understand bats in the province. Susan Holroyd is the Calgary Regional Coordinator for the program. She completed an MSc on bats with Dr Robert Barclay at the University of Calgary in the early 1990s and has been working on bats and other wildlife in various positions since that time. She has worked as a government biologist in British Columbia, as an environmental consultant in Alberta both with a large international firm and as an independent consultant. She has been working as a contract biologist with WCS Canada (the umbrella organization that manages the Community Bat Program) since the Bat Program started in 2016.
Susan will talk about Alberta bats, the diversity of species we have in the province, the threats bats face, the ecological services they provide and how Albertans can help with bat conservation. She will talk about what to do if you find a bat and give an overview of bat houses, their design and installation. She will give an overview of the Community Bat Program and the current initiatives and answer any of your questions about bats!
Can’t wait to find out more about bats check out the Alberta Bat Community website www.albertabats.ca; we look forward to seeing you soon!
- Calgary Wildlife members: free
- General public: $10.00
*The event will be hosted on zoom, event login details will be emailed out 24 hours prior to the event.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding this event or something you would like Susan to answer on April 17th!