The foundation has been poured and the frame is up for the first condo at the Lower Spawning Channels… A bat condo!
Bats are perhaps one of the most elusive and under-appreciated species found within the Seton Corridor. Being a bat isn’t easy – with their pointy ears, bizarre upside-down sleeping habits, and their iconic role in the movie Dracula, bats inspire fear in many people. However, bats are really quite harmless and fill a critical role in our ecosystem.
Here are some of our favorite “bat facts”:
- Bats will live for up to 30 years!
- Bats are the only mammal that can fly. Although they are often confused with birds, bats are in fact more closely related to humans. This means that they deliver live young (called pups) and breast feed.
- A bat will typically have one pup per year. Because bats will sleep hanging from the ceiling, pups have to learn quickly how to hold on to their mother in the roost or they fall.
- Bats can eat over 1000 mosquitos per hour (and no – they won’t suck your blood). Promoting good bat habitat near your home is therefore a great way to control mosquitos.
We have confirmed that there are at least 12 species of bats in Lillooet, many of which are listed as threatened or critically endangered in Canada. To help improve bat habitat in the Seton Corridor, Splitrock Environmental, in partnership with the Lillooet Naturalist Society, has started construction on our first bat condo.
The bat condo will be installed near the Lower Spawning Channel. This is a great spot since many species of bats have been observed to actively use the spawning channels. Once finished, the bat condo will house hundreds of bats. Pictured below is the metal frame on which the condo will sit. The condo will be installed on top of the post soon – check back on our website or visit the spawning channels to see the finished product within the next few months.
If you are interested in learning more about bats or learning how you can install a bat house near your home, take a look at the following links: