Winter Bat Counts Begin


[Jordi Segers searching in vain for hibernating bats. PHOTO CREDIT: KJ Vanderwolf]

We have started our winter bat counts in New Brunswick caves and mines and we were joined for a few visits by Jordi Segers, the Canadian White-Nose Syndrome Program Coordinator. Jordi is with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) and he wrote a blog about his visits with us on the CWHC facebook page.

Jordi was impressed by the beautiful scenery but unfortunately we only found 1 hibernating bat in the 3 caves we took him to. Hopefully we will find more bats at our other sites!


[Jordi Segers and Don McAlpine March 31, 2015. There is still lots of snow in Atlantic Canada and accessing our study caves can be challenging! PHOTO CREDIT:  KJ Vanderwolf]


[Myself and Jordi Segers near the entrance to one of our study caves April 9, 2015. PHOTO CREDIT: DF McAlpine/New Brunswick Museum]

Karen Vanderwolf

Author: Karen Vanderwolf

Karen has had an interest in the natural world for as long as she can remember and always knew her career would take her into the field of biology. Karen received her Masters of Science at the University of New Brunswick where she studied bats and the pre-white nose syndrome fungal flora that occurs on them. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in biology at the University of Western Ontario. She has previously worked with Ontario Parks performing plant and salamander field work and assisted in preparations for a Karner blue butterfly reintroduction. She has also worked with swift foxes, wood turtles and waterfowl.

1 thought on “Winter Bat Counts Begin”

  1. I’m pretty certain there was a bat outside my house here in Cape Spear, N.B. two nights ago! I hope there were others, but didn’t see any more.

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