Bat Project

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The Land Trust Asks You to “Go to Bat” for the bats.

A new publication by the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, Paul Heaven and with assistance from the Ministry of Natural Resources, is now available here!

It is titled ” Best Management Practices for Bats”  This document provides valuable information about bats and how we can best work towards helping this endangered  group of species to better survive and thrive.

Best Management Practices for Bats January 2018

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust has been approved to receive $ 104,000.00 in funding over the next two years by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Species at Risk Stewardship Fund (OSARSF) program.

The primary focus of the grant will be identifying various bat species and their populations in Haliburton County. Bat populations have declined by more than 90% at some hibernation sites and most of the hibernation sites are at risk. We need to find out what we have left”, said Paul Heaven, wildlife biologist and principal investigator for the “Bat Project”.

The Land Trust is asking community members to report any bat observations from this year to Paul Heaven, or 705-286-3181. Also, if you remember seeing large numbers of bats at a specific location, please also report that information.  The Land Trust monitors all Species at Risk (SAR) in the County, so please continue to submit all SAR observations to Paul as well.


 Registration is closed for this event
Join us to construct a bat box to provide a great home for bats and reduce the number of biting insects on your property. Kits will be provided.

Bats and Bat Boxes

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is hosting this event which will be held at Abbey Gardens. This hands-on workshop wil offer an opportunity to construct a bat box.  You will also learn valuable and interesting information about bats. Materials will be provided and you will be guided through the construction process.  

Spaces are limmited for this event.  Pre-registration is required.  

Where:  Abbey Gardens

When:  July 8 from 10:00am to noon

Cost :  Admission by donation.  

Leader: To be announced


July 8th, 2017 10:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
Abbey Gardens
1012 Garden Gate Dr
Haliburton, ON
Admission by donation $ 5.00

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Observations and documentation will also take place on the four properties (approximately 700 acres) that the Land Trust currently owns, manages and protects.  “We are very excited about this project and the opportunity to further document Species at Risk on our properties and in our community.  We are also pleased that we have the funds to make some small but hopefully significant changes to our turtle barrier, another project that we are very proud of” said Mary Lou Gerstl, Chair of the Land Trust.

Despite popular sayings, bats are neither blind nor crazy.  But they are in trouble. Four out of eight species in Haliburton County are now listed as ENDANGERED.  Populations of bats around North America are declining, in part due to White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that disrupts their life cycles. Very little is known about bat populations in Haliburton County.

Bats play an important role in the environment.  Bats help farmers, gardeners and foresters by consuming countless insect pests thereby protecting our crops, gardens and forests from potential damage.  Bats can consume thousands of mosquitoes in one night.  Join the Land Trust on Saturday, July 8 at Abbey Gardens from 10:00am to noon to build your own bat box to help reduce the number of biting insects on your property.  Kits will be supplied.  Registration will be limited so don’t be disappointed.

This project made possible by the Government of Canada.

Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grãce au gouvernement du Canada.