Management Techniques

bat condo modules

Bat condo modules


bat condo

Bat condos

A variety of habitat management techniques have been applied to the CVWMA since its inception in 1968. 

 

These include:

  • Water level management
  • Management of encroaching woody vegetation
  • Live stock management
  • Noxious weed management
  • Planting/Baiting
  • Nest structure establishment
  • Access management
  • Consumptive Use
  • Non-consumptive Use

To find out more information on types of management techniques that are implemented to maintain a productive and healthy habitat, please view the Habitat Management Plan for the CVWMA.

Bat Condominium

At Duck Lake area, on the CVWMA property, bats were utilizing an old and somewhat dilapidated barn as a summer maternity roost.  Unfortunately, the roof of the barn was caving in, becoming a potential hazard to both the public and wildlife using it, so it had to be taken down.  Not wanting to lose the bat habitat, a new bat condominium was built and erected in its place in 2010.  This new structure should provide sufficient habitat for the bats to roost in.

Many of the bats utilizing the barn were Yuma and Little Brown Bats.  Yuma bats typically form their maternal colonies in buildings, trees and under south facing siding and shingles.  Their diet consists of water hatching insects.  They can eat up to 600 mosquitoes per hour…now that’s insect control!Many of the bats utilizing the barn were Yuma and Little Brown Bats. 

Yuma bats typically form their maternal colonies in buildings, trees and under south facing siding and shingles.  Their diet consists of water hatching insects.  They can eat up to 600 mosquitoes per hour…now that’s insect control!

Special thanks to: Fortis BC for donating 4 telephone poles; Ministry of Environment for the funding the bat condo project; and Paul van Deursen for a great job building it!

For more information on bat research at the CVWMA, please visit the Research section.