BC Bat Update

    The BC Community Bat Program, in collaboration with the Province of BC, is on the lookout for signs of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). Fortunately for the bats of BC, it has been a quiet winter. WNS is a fungal disease harmless to humans but responsible for the deaths of millions of insect-eating bats in eastern North America. WNS was first detected in Washington State in March 2016. To monitor the spread of this disease, Community Bat Program coordinators have been collecting reports of unusual winter bat activity across southern BC and ensuring that dead bats are sent to the Canadian Wildlife Health Centre lab for disease testing. To-date, no WNS has been reported in the province. But spring conditions mean increased bat activity – and an increased chance of detecting the disease. As bats begin to leave hibernacula and return to their summering grounds, our chances of seeing live or dead bats increases, and the Community Bat Program is continuing to ask for assistance. “We are asking the public to report dead bats or any sightings of daytime bat activity to the Community Bat Project (CBP) as soon as possible (1-855-922-2287 ext 24 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )” says Mandy Kellner,...
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Preliminary Approved Project List Coming Soon

The HCTF Board of Directors has made their project funding decisions for 2017-18. We will be posting a preliminary list of approved projects on our website early next week.  

Visit HCTF at the BC Boat and Sportsmen’s Show

  UPDATE: Congratulations to Jamie V. of Abbotsford who won our draw for a gift card at the Sportsmen’s Tradeshow last weekend. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to say hi - it was great to meet so many people enthusiastic about conservation in BC!   The BC Boat and Sportsmen’s Show is happening March 3, 4, 5 at Tradex in Abbotsford. HCTF will be at booth #514 to talk about some of the amazing conservation projects and programs that are funded through surcharges on fishing and hunting licences. Hope to  see you at the show!  

WANTED: Reports of BC Bats in Winter, Dead or Alive

White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease responsible for the death of millions of bats in eastern North America, has moved to the west coast and was confirmed in Washington State in 2016. This is very worrisome for the health of bat populations in British Columbia, with near 100% mortality for some species of bats exposed to the fungus. Although devastating for bats, WNS does not affect humans. The BC Community Bat Program in collaboration with the BC government is requesting the public’s help in monitoring the spread of this disease. “We knew this deadly fungus was moving westward across North America” says Mandy Kellner, Coordinator of the BC Community Bat Program, “but we thought we had many years to prepare”. Instead, the disease was confirmed near Seattle last March, and the group is gearing up to look for it in BC this winter. The typical first sign of this disease is bats flying during the winter, an unusual sighting at a time of year when bats are hibernating. Another sign of the presence of WNS is the appearance of dead bats as they succumb to the effects of WNS. “We are encouraging the public to report dead bats or...
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Two Weeks Until GO Grant Deadline

  Attention teachers - the application deadline for GO Grants is February 15 th . Apply now for a grant to help get your class outside this spring, learning about nature in nature! Educators can apply for up to $600/class or $3500/school to pay for bus transportation, project materials, and leader/program fees for outdoor environmental learning experiences – full grant criteria and links to application forms are available here . For more information, contact HCTF Education at 250-940-9786 or email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.