Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

The CWHC mission is to promote and protect the health of wildlife and Canadians through leadership, partnership, investigation and action.

Decontamination Protocol

BC Bats

The "Got Bats?" initiative is a network of community bat projects across BC, carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Environment. The goals of this network are to: (1) increase the number of known roost sites in human-made structures; (2) encourage landowners to protect their bat roost sites or use bat-friendly exclusion methods and install bat-houses; (3) promote the Annual Bat Count to monitor bat populations;  and (4) enhance bat habitat by encouraging the installation and monitoring of bat-houses.

Best Management Practices

Best management practices outlined by the British Columbia government were updated in February 2016 to provide information and guidelines to minimize potential impacts of resource development and other human activities on bats and their habitats in BC.

Alberta Bat Action Team

The Alberta Bat Action Team (ABAT) is a working group of enthusiastic people with a common goal of improving bat conservation and management within Alberta. ABAT is forging ahead with innovative programs aimed at conservation and management of bat species that reside in or migrate through the province.

Government of Canada: Bats and White-nose Syndrome in Canada

The Government of Canada has added three species of bats to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk in Canada (also known as Schedule I of the Species at Risk Act) as Endangered due to the threat of White-nose Syndrome. This page has been created to provide information for Canadians on the Emergency Listing Order, the disease threatening the bats, the requirements of SARA and ways you can help protect and preserve bat populations. Below you will find links to factsheets, maps, species profiles and other documents.

U.S. White Nose Syndrome Information

This is the official U.S. source of information about white-nose syndrome in bats, led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bat Conservation International

BCI is dedicated to the enduring protection of the world’s 1300+ species of bats and their habitats and creating a world in which bats and humans successfully coexist. In pursuit of this vision, during the next five years BCI will work worldwide at scale with local, regional, national and multinational public and private partners to respond rapidly and effectively to bat conservation crises, preventing the extinction of threatened bats and the extirpation of globally significant populations of bats.

Wildlife Health and Disease

Canadian Cave Conservancy

We are a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation of Canadian caves, karst, and related resources through understanding, education, stewardship and support. To achieve these ends we: (1) develop, assemble and share expertise in order to improve the base of knowledge and understanding essential to conservation of cave and karst resources; (2) educate and advise resource managers, users and the general public about cave and karst resources, their benefits, and ways of improving their conservation; and (3)  undertake and sponsor projects, develop useful tools, and encourage and support activities by others that will improve understanding and wise stewardship of cave and karst resources.

Canadian Caving

This site started in April 1996 to promote cave conservation in Canada and has gone from a single page site to one over 100 pages. It’s a collection of articles and stories written by cavers for cavers and the general public.

British Columbia Speleological Federation

Formed and registered as a provincial society in 1978, the BC Speleological Federation became the recognized “umbrella organization” for organized caving groups in the province in 1987.  Rather than being an active caving group as such, it exists to represent the interests of organized cavers and to provide a number of essential services to support the members of the caving community in their activities with locally-based groups.  The BCSF is a federation of provincial caving organizations, including formally organized caving clubs, commercial cave tour operators, and individual cavers associations.

Alberta Speleological Society

The Alberta Speleological Society (ASS) is an organization open to anyone interested in sporting or scientific aspects of caves in the Rocky Mountains, and who is willing to visit them in a safe, environmentally friendly manner. They are the recognized caving authority in the province of Alberta


Alberta Community Bat Program


WNS in Descent Magazine

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 2017

On a February 2017 trip to the boreal forest of northern Alberta, BatCaver volunteers have confirmed the use of a cave by Little Brown Myotis bats for hibernation.  In this cave, 213 Myotis lucifugus were counted, but it is suspected that more exist.  The cave itself is unusual in that it was formed by a light sulphuric acid dissolving the limestone, making the environment fairly inhospitable for humans.  Bats were swabbed for samples of DNA and to monitor for signs of white-nose syndrome.  Ultrasonic data loggers that record bat activity were deployed, along with temperature and humidity loggers which gather information on the type of cave climate the bats are using at this site.  This is the third largest hibernaculum found in Alberta to date.

In our partnering with the general public, biologists and the caving community, other smaller newly discovered hibernation sites have been brought to our attention.  These include sites in British Columbia in the regions of these communities:  near Victoria; Port Alberni; Greenwood;  Dawson Creek; and Hudsons Hope.  Many other old mine sites have been found to contain large numbers of hibernating bats, primarily in southern BC.

Click here to read the full press release.


February 2017

The BatCaver program has produced brochures aimed at people visiting caves which explain the risks of inadvertently transporting white-nose syndrome spores from one region to another.  It also contains conservation messaging, decontamination protocols for WNS and contacts for further information.   

These have been sent to tourist caves in western Canada as well as caving organizations.  In addition, we have produced signage regarding bat conservation messaging, intended for posting at entrances to bat hibernation caves.  Other signage has been produced in consultation with BC Parks, for posting at trailheads to provincial cave parks which has similar conservation messaging.  We are also workng with other bat groups across Canada on bat translocation signage.  This is regarding the issues around bats being accidentally transported by campers and their vehicles when moving around North America.  The concern is regarding moving bats infected with white-nose syndrome to uninfected regions.


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.



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