Ambioterra

Registered Name: Le Groupe Ambioterra

Business Number: 889657201RR0001

Protecting and saving bats !

Help Save Our Wild Bats!Since 2010, bats in Quebec (bats are wild, flying mammals that hibernate) have been facing a deadly menace called White Muzzle Syndrome. This fungal infection causes the bats to wake repeatedly from their sleep, causing a drain on their energy reserves so necessary to winter survival. Bats which have depleted their energy reserves also wake from their hibernation much too early and then die from hunger, because insects (their main source of food) are not yet plentiful so early during the spring of the year

During recent years, due to this disease, the populations of cave-dwelling bats in Quebec have declined dramatically. For example, the numbers of Small Brown Bats, hitherto the most numerous in our region, have dropped by more than 90%!Aside from White Muzzle Syndrome, bats in this region are also affected by other pressures on their natural habitat. Farmland drainage, clearing of forests and use of pesticides all cause considerable harm to wild bats. Consequentially, seven of the eight species of bats to be found in the province of Quebec are considered by both the provincial and federal governments to be endangered.This is why staff at Ambioterra in Saint Chrysostome have been working on a project to protect bats and improve their habitat since last year.Wild bats are good for agriculture. In this province, all our species of bats eat only insects – feeding on prey such as moths and beetles. One single female bat can eat as much as 100% of her body weight in bugs during the course of a single night! It therefore follows that wild bats can be linked to a reduced need for insecticides in agriculture.Over the last two growing seasons, the people at Ambioterra have been helping local citizens who wish to locate wild bats living on their properties and inform the public of their presence and benefits. Last summer alone, Ambioterra staff confirmed the existence of eight colonies of the Large Brown Bat in our region in addition to 17 individual bats from other endangered species.If you own a property and you know of some wild bats living in a colony or under your eaves, please advise Julie Tremblay of Ambioterra at (450) 637-8585 or info@ambioterra.org

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