The following poster was created by Ella MacQuisten for Wild Wise Sooke. Click on the poster to see the original, larger sized work. For your reading convenience, the text is printed out below.
Townsend’s Big-Eared Bat
BC Ministry of Environment Status: Blue List
This status means that this species is of special concern in BC. Their roost sites are very sensitive to human disturbance.
- Their ears are almost half their body length and join at their forehead
- They are a social species who hibernate in colonies over the winter
- Pregnant females move to maternity roost sites in the early summer, where they cluster together to retain body heat
- They are insectivores! They feed on moths and other flying insects
- Bats are the only mammals to master true flight!
Common misconception: Bats are blind
Although bats have poorer color visibility than us, their visual acuity is actually very similar to ours. They use echolocation to navigate and “see” their surroundings in the night time.
What to do if you come across a bat:
- respect its space
- report the bat if dead or sick
- never touch a bat with bare hands
- call WildWise for any bat-related questions
See other posters by Ella MacQuisten
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: Purple Martin
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: The Barn Owl
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: Townsend’s Big-Eared Bat
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: Pacific Great Blue Heron
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: The Painted Turtle
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: The Rufous Hummingbird