HCTF has announced the winners of its 2017 photo contest.
What happens when a marten’s meal is interrupted by a curious goshawk? Watch the video to find out! Thanks so much to Shannon Crowley and Dexter Hodder for sharing this amazing footage from their HCTF-funded project , " Marten Population Responses to Accelerated Salvage Logging in MPB Stands in Central BC ".
Many thanks to the Habitat Acquisition Trust for providing this update on the Community Bat Project! Victoria, BC – November 2, 2017. During annual bat counts, Habitat Acquisition Trust volunteers and Bat Habitat Stewards collect guano samples from beneath the bat roosts. That’s a polite way of saying, we collect bat poop. Not to whisk away to fertilize gardens and restoration sites, but in the name of citizen science. The guano collected gets sent off for genetic analysis, to determine the species of bats living at each roost. We can’t tell what bats are living in a colony when they whoosh out of their homes at night and we don’t want to disturb the bats by physically capturing them. So this provides a safe means of understanding who’s roosting where. This genetic analysis, coupled with listening devices that interpret bat calls called Echometers is allowing HAT to build a more comprehensive understanding of bat populations. On their own, Echometers are most useful for sites where there isn’t easy access to collect guano. Since the listening devices can pick up bats roosting in nearby trees, and since the device sometimes narrows the calls down to several different species. Some of the bat...