Celebrating Bats in Agriculture – Oct 25 – 31, 2022
Bat Week is an international, annual celebration designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Bats are amazing creatures that are vital to the health of our natural world and economy. Although we may not always see them, bats are hard at work all around the world each night – eating tons of insects, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that grow new plants and trees. Most folks do not associate bats with supporting Food Security, the Environment and the Economy.
Examples are the partnerships BEEPS has established with the three wineries in Peachland; Saxon Estate Winery, Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery and Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards at Greata Ranch to provide information, bat boxes and guano to fertilize the grape vines. In addition, we are selling the Bat Friendly Apples from Sun-Oka Fruit Farms whose bat box occupation is approximately 900 bats, allowing him to curb coddling moth spray on his crops. So food security through insect pest control, pollination and fertilization, and agritourism… and that’s just Peachland and area. Imagine life without chocolate, coffee, lemons, bananas, wine and tequila. Thank a bat for all they do.
Paula Rodriguez de la Vega,
Okanagan Region Coordinator, BC Community Bat Program, www.bcbats.ca, Toll free: 1-855-922-BATS (2287) ext.13
Bats & Apples Fundraiser – STILL ON NOW!
BEEPS has partnered with Sun-Oka Fruit Farms in Summerland to bring you award-winning apples, at a very competitive price. Wondering about the connections between Bats and Apples? Well, Sun-Oka owner, Devin Jell installed bat houses in his office about 9 years ago. They are now home to a maternity colony of about 900 bats. Thanks to their presence and foraging in the orchard, he has eliminated coddling moth spray on his trees. Just another example of the vital role that bats play in our food supply. All you need to do to support BEEPS and our conservation projects is to click on the link below and follow the instructions.
Depending on Mother Nature, your Ambrosia and Honeycrisp apples will be harvested from the middle to the end of October and again in November. Pick-up will be from outside the 50 Plus Activity Centre. We will reach out to all supporters with the exact day and time as soon as it is confirmed.
Hurry! This campaign ends NOVEMBER 5! Click here to order your Bat Friendly apples: https://fundraising.sunokafruit.com/s/beeps-bateducationecologicalprotectionsociety
Friday Night Bat Counts – Summer 2022
Bats have moved on to their hibernacula, so please check back in Spring 2023.
At twilight, every Friday through August 19, BEEPS conducts bat counts. We always need eagle-eyed volunteers to help out, as the bats come out fast and furious once they start swooping out of the attic to forage. This is a fun, learning experience for all ages. Bring a chair, a cell phone with a counting app and sharp eyes. Data from these counts, including the “official” counts on June 17, 24, July 15 and August 5, is submitted to Environment Canada, BC Bats, Okanagan Bats and other conservation stakeholders. The early statistics are used to establish a baseline in general for the number of bats, and further monitoring provides insight into the general health and fecundity of our attic maternity colony.
Meet outside the yellow Peachland Historic School, with a lawn chair and counting app for your phone. You can see the attic live feed, and learn all about these fab flying mammals. Kids’ crafts start at 7:45
Click here for a TV video clip from our count of June 17, 2022
BEEPS @ The Peachland Farmers and Crafters Market 2022
Closed for the season. Check back for 2023 dates.
Be sure to stop by, say hi and find out all about the batty events and activities coming up. Learn all about our Peachland bats and how lucky we are to have a thriving maternity colony, keeping mosquito and other insect populations low.