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Bat White-Nose Syndrome Found in the West
On March 31, the United States Geological Survey and Fish and Wildlife Service announced that White Nose Syndrome (WNS) had been confirmed in a little brown bat in Washington State – the first instance of the deadly disease in western North America. WCS Canada is hard at work preparing western Canada for the arrival of this disease that has already decimated bat populations in the east. Here are five easy things you can do to help our bat populations in the wake of this new discovery.
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New Bat Habitat Discovered in Western Alberta

BatCaver, an ongoing WCS Canada program, has recently discovered two new bat hibernacula - places where bats hibernate during winter months - in the Alberta foothills. Bats hibernate underground for a large portion of each year, and these newly discovered locations help shed light on the mystery of where many species of bats go each winter. To address these critical knowledge gaps, the BatCaver program has deployed over 50 roostloggers - equipment used to record bat ultrasound - underground across western Canada. WCS Canada research into bats in western Canada aims to improve our understanding about the behaviour and ecology of 14 Canadian bat species prepare for the arrival of a deadly fungal disease, White Nose Syndrome.

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**NEWS RELEASE** New Bat Habitat Discovered in Western AlbertaResident species confirmed as endangered Northern Myotis and Little Brown batsCentral Alberta (February 25, 2016) WCS Canada announced today the discovery of two bat hibernacula &mdas......
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Habitat Restoration and Protecting Caribou Populations
Habitat loss is – by far – the most common reason species become at risk of extinction. There are many ways to combat this threat, including restoring habitat that has been removed or otherwise damaged. A discussion paper on this topic by WCS Canada’s President, Justina Ray, was commissioned by Environment Canada as federal recovery efforts grapple with the challenge of habitat restoration. A key conclusion of the paper is that effective restoration for boreal caribou will require site-based restoration activities to be linked with range-scale land use planning and monitoring. Restoring ecosystems is typically a highly expensive process that requires substantially more effort than prevention of ecological damage in the first place.
Citizen Science for Bats
Although we currently know surprisingly little about bats in winter in western Canada, WCS Canada is making giant leaps filling critical knowledge gaps through our on the ground research and citizen science programs. 

Through these collaborations, we now have more than 50 bat detectors deployed in hard-to-reach underground locations across western Canada. As we learn where our bats hibernate, and what species use what types of caves or mines, we will be better poised to help fight the deadly White Nose Syndrome that is expected to spread into the west within the next decade or so.

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