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Northern Long-eared Bat

Management

Northern Long-eared BatTo date, there has been very little management or research activities specifically focused on Northern Long-eared Bats in the province.  The current programs of public awareness and education regarding bats in general should be continued and improved.  The provincial network of local nature centres is an excellent source of information and promotion of bats.  The Grade Two curriculum in Alberta currently includes a unit on bats and encourages a positive attitude towards the group.  Bats are recognized as an integral part of the fauna of Alberta.  As a result, thousands of young children are introduced to the positive friendly, and important aspects of bat biology.  The Bat Conservation Society of Canada, a small local group located primarily in Calgary, should be encouraged to continue promoting awareness and knowledge of bats in the province.   A general acceptance and recognition of the role of bats as an essential component of natural ecosystems around the world may be the most important and valuable tool we have for conserving and managing bat populations.

Reprinted from Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 3, with permission from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

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