Bat facts

  • There are 16 species of bat in BC and 14 of those can be found in the Okanagan
  • There are 5 species of bat in the Okanagan that will use bat houses
  • One little brown bat can eat 1000 mosquito sized insects in an hour
  • Blind as a bat? Bats don’t see colour, but they have better night vision that humans and they augment their vision with echo location
  • Bats can live more than 30 years
  • The smallest bat in BC is the Western Small-footed Myotis – they have a wing span of 22cm about the same as a chickadee and weigh less than a nickel.
  • The largest bat in BC is the Hoary Bat – they have a wing span of 40 cm about the same as a swallow and weighs a little more than a double A battery
  • White nose syndrome is a disease affecting bats that was detected this year in the Pacific Northwest.  
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