Today’s post comes from Ashley Hanas, a bat technician with the Friends of Pinery Park.
Bats are the only true flying mammal.
There are currently over 1,400 species and bats encompass 20% of the mammalian species on earth (meaning 1 in 5 mammals are bats!).
Bats are essential to the health of our environment, providing indispensable ecosystem and economic services in the form of prolific insect pest control, pollination of plants, and dispersal of seeds.
Their droppings, or guano, are rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, making it a highly effective fertilizer.
Despite the numerous benefits bats provide us, their reputations are marred by negative misconceptions.
Continue reading Bats: The mammal, the myth, the legend
Today’s post comes from Ontario Parks’ Northwest Zone.
Did you know that bats play important roles in our ecosystems and are unique in being the only type of mammals that can truly fly?
All bats in Ontario are nocturnal predators that feed primarily on insects like moths and mosquitoes. There are eight different bat species across Ontario, including three species at risk: Little Brown Myotis, Northern Myotis, Eastern Small-footed Myotis, and Tri-colored Bat.
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Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education Supervisor Alistair MacKenzie and Bat Stewardship Technician Heather Sanders.
Did you know Pinery Provincial Park has been a bat research hot spot for more than four decades? We’ve collaborated with research groups at York University, Western University and the University of Waterloo.
Much of what we know about Ontario bats — including their migration, diet, and behaviour — is all thanks to work done at Pinery.
Continue reading Pinery goes to battle for bats