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Watchable Wildlife

BATS!!

SEASONAL UPDATE: The LIVE FEED of the Long-legged bats at the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre is off line for now. The bats take their winter vacation to... well, we are not really sure where. Someplace warmer.

The live feed goes back online May 2022, coinciding with the expected return of the bats to this roost. 

A roost is where bats sleep, rest, and shelter themselves. The roost at the Palisades can get rather busy from mid-May through June as bats return for the summer. Near the end of June, watch closely and you might see bat pups. A baby bat is small, about 2 grams, about 1/3 the size of its mother, and are often hidden under her belly. Watch for tiny feet sticking out near the mom’s legs. Sometimes, pups will also hang in the roost by themselves.

For scale, a loonie coin is glued to the wood beam on the left side of the screen. 

The roost at the Palisades is in a building not used by the general public. Don’t worry, the bats are not disturbed by the camera as it uses infared LEDs for light. The attic is dark to you and me, and to the bats.

 

https://video.nest.com/live/oM2St20IJV

 

For more Bat updates from Parks Canada, check out Parks Canada's Bat Savers: http://www.earthrangers.com/…/par…/parks-canadas-bat-savers/"

"Parks Canada staff members, or batmen and batwomen, are super heroes in the fight to save bats! Across North America, bat populations are declining because of threats like White Nose Syndrome. This fungus can quickly spread through an entire colony of hibernating bats. Get inspired to save bats with these tales from Parks Canada’s bat savers, then start your own Bring Back the Wild campaign and become a bat saver too."