Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a public lecture about the Denman-Hornby Bat Project that helps people care for and understand bats. Half of the 16 species of bats in BC are of conservation concern. The Denman-Hornby Bat Project covers the four goals of the BC Bat program (http://www.bcbats.ca/): (1) Education & outreach about our bats and their habitat, (2) Information and assistance to landowners with bat issues and collection of any dead bats, (3) Bat habitat protection, and the installation and monitoring of bat houses, (4) Annual bat counts for bat population data.

For a glimpse into complicated and fascinating lives of bats, join professional biologist Jenny Balke for an illustrated talked entitled: “Go Batty!”. The lecture is on Sunday, January 21, 2018 and will start after introductions at 7pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.

Starting her own company, Ecofocus Environmental Consultants, Jenny has worked on wildlife and wildlife habitat projects in the Comox Valley and around BC since 1990. Bat conservation projects began early on and the current Denman Hornby Bat Project is part of the provincial BC Bats initiative. For gardens, agriculture, forestry and night-time low-bug enjoyment bats are an essential biodiversity element! This is an opportunity for the public to learn more and support local efforts to protect bat populations.

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public. Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups (Birding, Botany, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club) which have separate monthly activities. Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult and $40 for a family.

Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.

Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/

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