The CRD Early Evening Bat Exploration guided walk will take place on Aug. 11. (Photo by Cory Olson)

Explore the interesting world of bats with a free nature walk

CRD parks naturalist and members of the Habitat Acquisition Trust will guide the search for bats

The CRD is inviting nature enthusiasts as young as five to come down to Elk/Beaver Lake for an evening of bat appreciation this Sunday.

The CRD Regional Parks naturalist and the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) will be hosting a guided walk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, in hopes of helping attendees spot the elusive little creatures.

READ ALSO: Free kids’ nature walks offer crabs, marine beasties and Canada’s largest marine snail

Organizers are hoping the walk will score everyone a view of the bats swooping through the night sky as they hunt for insects, said Estraven Lupino-Smith, the bat coordinator for HAT.

There are 10 species of bats on Vancouver Island, she pointed out. Some hibernate during the winter and others head south to find warmer weather. On Sunday, Lupino-Smith and the other event attendees will be looking for the little brown bats, or Myotis lucifugus.

They will also be taking the group over to the two bat boxes, or artificial roosts, in the park. The boxes are fairly large and can house up to 200 bats, Lupino-Smith explained.

She pointed out that at this time of year, the bats in the boxes are mostly pregnant females who are getting ready to give birth to their pups.

“It’s going to be lots of fun,” said Lupino-Smith. “It’s a great opportunity to see bats in our regional park and learn more about what they’re up to.”

READ ALSO: Volunteers needed to help count bats, training available

Participants are asked to meet in the field near the filter beds parking lot. CRD events take place rain or shine, so attendees are advised to dress for the weather. Pets are not welcome on this guided walk.

Anyone interested in learning more about bats can contact HAT at 250-995-2428 or visit their website.


@devonscarlett
devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Central Saanich Police prepared for afternoon shut-down of Highway 17

Sgt. Paul Brailey questions efficacy of protest

Wet’suwet’en supporters occupying legislature in Victoria set press conference

Demonstrators have been occupying the legislature since Monday despite injunction

Saanich dog walkers react to potential review of bylaws allowing off-leash dogs on beaches

Focus should have remained on migratory birds, not on dog behaviour, says Cadboro Bay dog walker

UPDATED: Demonstrators plan to shut down Pat Bay Highway Wednesday afternoon

Adam Olsen, MLA, says issue should be taken to province, not communities

Wear your rose-coloured glasses for the second annual Pink Shirt Gala

Anti-bullying event promises pink drinks, food and shirts

Rail disruptions expected to continue after new protest sites emerge

Nationwide rail and road blockades have been popping up for weeks

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

COLUMN: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy

Our reactions to a forestry downturn reflect the past, not the present

Caught on camera: Police release video of man who allegedly stole seaplane in Vancouver

Police say the man broke into the Harbour Air terminal and then got into one of the seaplanes in the harbour

51 health professionals send letter to Trudeau, Horgan panning northern B.C. pipeline

They point to studies about the health and climate change risks from pipeline

Fake meat and a latte? Starbucks adds Beyond Meat in Canada

The Seattle roaster has talked about introducing plant-based patties in the U.S., but has yet to do so

Most Read