Matthew Reichert, Abigail Chicoine, Alyssa Vibert, Cole Kowalchuk, Stephanie Lukowski, and Raylene Hartl
Bat the Bugs Away
Our group is attempting to install bat boxes in public areas in Saskatoon. This will function to make public spaces more pleasant to walk through during the spring and summer seasons by reducing the amount of mosquitoes: a source of food for bats. Additionally, this will aid in stabilizing bat populations in Saskatoon and will reduce the number of bats nesting in homes where they are seen as a nuisance. In particular, our project will focus on large brown bats which are very common within the city. We currently have permission to install bat boxes at Pike Lake, and are awaiting a meeting with a city official to determine appropriate location for bat boxes to be installed on city land. We have obtained permission from Meewasin, the city of Saskatoon, and the University but must first meet with each of these authorities to determine specifics of installation and placement. We also have $1000 which we have secured through various grants. This money is being donated to the Meewasin Valley Authority who will use it to construct an educational sign regarding the bat boxes. We have built 40 bat boxes which we hope to install by the end of summer 2020.
If you know of a location that can use a new Bat Box, please contact Abby Chicoine!