Welcome to the NS Bat Conservation Web Page

Welcome to the Nova Scotia Bat Conservation Site

Bats are increasingly at risk in Nova Scotia and Canada due to white-nose syndrome caused by an invasive fungus (Geomyces destructans). During the winter of 2012-2013, white-nose syndrome was responsible for a decline of 95% of bats in five of Nova Scotia's largest overwintering sites. In the wake of this unprecedented natural disaster, we need to know where bats are located across the province.

Our goal is to amass the collective knowledge of past and current bat sightings in Nova Scotia to guide conservation and recovery efforts. Your participation is valuable and will be held confidential. If you wish, you do not need to give exact locations of your observations, although this information would increase the value of your report.

You can also help spread the word by downloading and distributing our bat poster.

Bats are fascinating and ecologically important mammals but, like all wildlife, you should never touch them. Rabies has been documented in bats in low incidences throughout much of North America. The probability of contacting rabies from bats is very low, however caution is warranted. If you have been bitten by a bat or have been in close contact with a bat, contact your nearest Regional Medical Officer of Health.

Have you seen any bats?

You can help by reporting your bat sightings. Click on the button below to access our online reporting form or call the toll free number below.

Toll free:1-866-727-3447