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Our local bat species

There are 16 species of bats in BC (17 if you count the one record of a Big Free-tailed bat that washed up in New Westminster in 1938). At least 11 of these species (marked with an *) are found in the West Kootenay area.

  • Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)*
  • California bat (Myotis californicus)*
  • Dark-masked myotis (was western small-footed) (Myotis ciliolabrum)
  • Eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis)
  • Fringed bat (Myotis thysanodes)*
  • Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus)*
  • Keen’s long-eared Myotis (Myotis keenii)
  • Little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus)*
  • Long-eared (Myotis evotis)*
  • Long-legged bat (Myotis volans)*
  • Northern myotis (Myotis septentrionalis)*
  • Pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus)
  • Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)*
  • Spotted bat (Euderma maculatum)
  • Townsend's Big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii a.k.a. Plecotus townsendii)*
  • Yuma myotis (Myotis yumanensis)*

You can find out more about the documented locations of these species through the Columbia River Basin Biodiversity Atlas.

An excellent reference book for the bats of BC is: Nagorsen, David W. and R. Mark Brigham. 1995. Bats of British Columbia. Royal British Columbia Museum Handbook, Victoria, BC.

For more information on the bats of BC see:
 Caving Canada BC Bat Resources
 Bat Conservation International’s Species Profiles
 Western Bat Working Group’s species accounts
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Silver-haired bat. Photo credit: Cori Lausen