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About the team
The Alberta Bat Action Team (ABAT) is a working group of enthusiastic people with a common goal of improving bat conservation and management within Alberta. ABAT is forging ahead with innovative programs aimed at conservation and management of bat species that reside in or migrate through the province.
ABAT has strong representation from:
- consulting companies
- the public
All members have previous experience with bats and a passion for improving our understanding and management of the nine species that occur in the province.
ABAT is active in the following areas:
|Writing protocols and providing direction for government and consultants as it relates to bats||
|Establishing a central listing of bat-related documents, reports, and theses pertinent to bat management in Alberta||
|Compiling and facilitating the compilation and submission of all previous bat and bat-related records in Alberta||
|Communicating and promoting education||
|Suggesting and prioritizing research directions for bat work in Alberta.||
Suggested Research Priorities for Bats in Alberta
ABAT provides recommendations regarding the development of standards for bat inventory, data collection, and data storage. Further, the group sets priorities with regard to information gaps and research needs that have direct bearing on improved bat conservation in Alberta.
Inventory and Research Protocols
Sensitive Species Inventory Guidelines
Refer to this page for the following wildlife inventory guidelines related to bats in Alberta:
- Bats and Wind Turbines: Pre-Siting and Pre-Construction Survey Protocols
- Handbook of Inventory Methods and Standard Protocols for Surveying Bats in Alberta
- Standard Data Sheets for Bat Surveys in Alberta
The Sensitive Species Inventory Guidelines document also contains a section on bats.
Wildlife Research and Collection
Visit this page for the following bat-related wildlife research protocols:
- Class Protocol 004: Bat Capture, Handling and Release
- Addendum to Class Protocol 004: Bat Handling Protocol to Prevent Spread of White Nose Syndrome
Western Canada Bat Network
ABAT is a founding member of the Western Canada Bat Network (WCBN – formerly called the Western Canadian Bat Working Group) a group of bat professionals, students and enthusiasts from across Western Canada organized under the Western Bat Working Group (WBWG).
The WBWG is a partner in the Coalition of North American Bat Working Groups and a registered non-profit organization comprising agencies, organizations and individuals interested in bat research, management and conservation.
The Western Bat Working Group, the Western Canada Bat Network and the Alberta Bat Action Team represent a hierarchy of working groups, each facilitating communication about bat conservation, research and management on different geographic scales.
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