Problem : Seven of Quebec’s eight bat species are at risk. They are threatened by white-nose syndrome (a fungal infection), habitat loss and declining populations of the insects they eat.
Acoustic inventories. In summer, the park conducts bat surveys using ultrasonic devices to detect bats in new sites and identify the species found locally. © Éco-Nature
Installing bat boxes. Bats congregate in roosts to sleep in daytime. The park installs bat boxes to make up for the lack of natural habitats. © Francis Allaire
Awareness and education. The park conducts various communication activities to tell people about bats and their conservation, and also to dispel bat myths. Biologists have produced fact sheets on these flying mammals and also give talks on the subject. © Éco-Nature
Inventorying hollow trees (snags). The park uses GPS to locate hollow trees where bats can roost. The goal is to protect these habitats, which are important not only for bats but also for many other species. © Éco-Nature
Don’t disturb any bats you find roosting indoors between May and late September. Maintain wooded shoreline areas and don’t remove any old hollow trees (snags) unless they are dangerous.