Get Involved

We need cavers to help us monitor caves for bat activity. More specifically we need help installing acoustic loggers that detect bat calls in caves. The data collected by the acoustic loggers is used to tell us if there are bats using the cave, can help us tell what species of bats are present, as well as how the bats are using a cave and how this use changes seasonally. Acoustic loggers are generally placed in caves in fall and retrieved in spring. In addition temperature/humidity loggers are often installed at the same time as acoustic loggers to understand the climate preferences of hibernating bats.

How do I get started?

Step 1: Get in touch and tell us where you are planning to go caving. If the site(s) you are planning to visit have potential for bat activity, we will send you data loggers with installation instructions. Highest priority sites include large, remote cave systems or mines with previous bat sightings and/or sits with high potential for bat use. 

Step 2: Complete and submit a volunteer release form (download PDF) and send by email or mail.

Step 3: During your mine/cave visit, fill out this reporting form (download PDF). Photos are always appreciated and sample collection may also be useful. 

Step 4: Once you get home, fill out this reimbursement form (download PDF) and we will refund you for a portion of your travel costs ($0.485 per kilometre). 

Step 5: Send your forms and photos to 

This is a great way to get involved in some cave bat science and will greatly extend the reach and scope of this program.  For more information, contact us.

IMPORTANT: All forms must be saved onto your computer and opened in Adobe Reader for them to function correctly and for any information you have entered to be saved. 


Roost Logger Deployment Guide

Temperature/Humidity Logger Deployment Guidelines

Collection protocols:  bat carcasses, skulls and guano

Watch this Data Logger Deployment Video:

Protect Bats

Bats are very sensitive to disturbance while hibernating. If you see hibernating bats, leave the area immediately.

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Clean Gear

Decontaminating your gear between caving trips can prevent the spread of WNS.

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Find Bats

Install a bat monitoring device in a cave or mine when you go caving.

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February 2019

Recent BatCaver genetic results have confirmed the presence of Little Brown Myotis in two new locations in Alberta. These discoveries add to the growing database of critical habitat identified by our program, which will ultimately help direct future conservation efforts of this federally endangered species. One of the sites, a cave the South-Western portion of the province, was first visited by our team in October 2018. During this time we deployed ultrasonic data loggers that record bat activity, paired with temperature and humidity loggers to gather information on the type of cave climate the bats are using at this site. These measurements will contribute to our understanding of patterns of bat activity at that site throughout the winter, and provide critical information about what habitat features are most frequently associated with winter bat use.


May 2018

The BatCaver program has released a new video demonstrating one easy method of decontaminating caving equipment after exiting a cave or mine. Our BC coordinator walks the viewer step-by-step through one of his common decon procedures: immersing his caving equipment in 60 degree water for at least 20 minutes. The video is intended to help increase the likelihood that more people will follow recommended procedure by reducing the effort required to follow the prescribed protocols that reduce the risks of inadvertently transporting White-Nose Syndrome spores from one region to another.

White-Nose Syndrome has continued spreading further westward and was recently discovered infecting bats in Manitoba. As this highly transmissible and fatal disease continues to spread westward, adherence to proper decontamination protocol is increasingly important, especially among anyone who may enter multiple caves or mines in a wide geographic range.

Additional decontamination procedures can be found under the decontamination protocol link on the BatCaver Resources page.


White Nose Syndrome (WNS) is a fungal disease that has caused up to 100% bat mortality in cave hibernacula in Eastern Canada and United States. The longer the West can remain WNS-free, the more time there is to develop critical conservation strategies for vulnerable bat species.



Watch this video in French.

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