SOS Bats: studies at Percé Geopark

Little scientific story of bats in Gaspesie

Contact Environment is a non profit organization geared towards environmental literacy and scientific data collection. It confirmed White-nose syndreome in the Gaspe region in  2015 and then began working with species at risk bats. SOS Bats began with a collaboration between Contact Environment and the Mic Mac Nation fo Gespeg and was funded by the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk.


Une petite chauve-souris brune affectée par le syndrome du museau blanc.
Photo : Frédérick Lelièvre


SOS Bats is a collaborative initiative between Contact Environment and the Mic Mac Nation Gespeg. It is funded by the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk and in response to the increased threats and serious decline in North American bat species.

The primary activities of the project are in monitoring and data collection on the Gespeg territory with a second component is in Public Outreach which seeks to create environmental awareness in general and in particular species at risk while building capacity in first nations and non-first nations communities. ‘SOS Bats is designed to collect data for the recovery strategy for the Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus), Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis), and Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus). All three species are of a regional priority in Quebec as they were emergency listed as Endangered on Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) in 2014.

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Anabat Express acoustic monitors were used to confirm the presence of species at risk and migratory bats from Pointe a la Garde to Gaspe.  A Wind Energy farm in Anse  au Valleau was part of the initial project and had mortality surveys and acoustic monitoring activities there. Confirming both migratory  and (resident )species  at risk bats.

More recent partnerships have been orchestrated with the Grotte de Saint Elzear and the Geoparc of Perce.

Spring 2018, an Anabat Express monitor was installed at the “Trou sans fond” geosite in the geopark.. Isabelle Cyr Parent and  Jeanie LeLacheur from SOS Bats and Contact Environment, snowshoed up the hill 2.5 hours to install the equipment.

End of October, Francois Fabianek  of Groupe Chiropteres du Quebec and his partner (Jean Marchal) came to the park to install temperature loggers inside and outside of the cave.

The  long term objective of this work is to confirm the cave as hibernacula (winter hibernating site) for bats.

Contact Environment also invited the Geopark to take part in building a “Bat Condo” in the hopes of attracting reproductive females who will use it as a maternity roost (a save place to have and raise their pups) for the site and setting up a management and monitoring plan .



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