Fiesta Fundraiser – Celebrating Bats & Tequila
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 from 5 – 8 PM
at the Peachland Legion #69
Go Batty in Peachland May 20, 2022
Despite the wind and rain, an eager group of 30 participants learned about these fascinating mammals along the easy, one-kilometre Bat House Interpretive Trail in Peachland. They met at the Peachland Historic School at 6:30 and “played in the mud”, literally getting their hands dirty crafting ‘seed bombs’, from garden soil mixed with sand, water and wildflower seeds.. Species at Risk Specialist, Tanya Luszcz from Environment and Climate Change Canada along with BEEPS Directors were on hand to welcome bat enthusiasts, and view the live feeds from a new camera in the attic. Motoring to the trailhead near the Trepanier Creek greenway, they te embarked upon a stroll along the Bat House Interpretive Trail, learning bat facts and asking lots of questions. The highlight of the trail walk was throwing the seed bombs at the hillside that was cleared to accommodate the recent water line installation. The bombs “exploded” in a satisfactory manner, spreading their ‘payload’ across the bare hillside. A few participants returned to the Peachland Historic School to view the live echolocation identification of bat species as they exited the attic for their nightly foraging. The numbers were low due to the inclement weather.
Bat Appreciation Day April 17, 2022
…and Happy Easter!
BEEPS recommends the following FAMILY FRIENDLY “Bat-tivities”.
Celebrate and learn about these amazing and valuable mammals with a self-guided stroll on the Bat House Interpretive Trail. Look carefully for Easter surprises on the post where the bat houses are installed. Bring the number on the surprise to the Bat Display in the Peachland Historic School on Beach Ave to claim an Easter treat. While there, you may also get to see some of the new and returning summer attic residents, on the camera feeds.
For the geocachers out there check out the Bat Foraging Flyways. Go to geocaching.com and search for the Beach Ave Bat Corridor walk, which is located within a natural flight corridor used by Peachland bats during their nightly foraging. A second cache is the Bat Trail, Part 1, located at the north end of Beach Avenue
Bats Out of the Darkness: travelling bat exhibit.
July 3 – Oct 30, 2021…
Bat Week Wrap Up: October 24-31, 2021
Heidi Slyngbom – BEEPS
Happy Halloween! It’s hard to believe this time of year is already upon us, and sadly with it comes the end of our Bats Out of The Darkness exhibit and International Bat Week. Of the many activities for International Bat Week, BEEPS hosted a free pumpkin decorating contest this past weekend. It was fun. Numerous kids came from Peachland and nearby communities to demonstrate their creativity in decorating mini pumpkins. Some kids even tried their hand at tie-dyeing t-shirts and some very “groovy” shirts were made. Read more…
Attic Clean Out and Study
A group of BEEP’ers, biologists and other volunteers were on hand to climb the ladder into the attic, with the generous assistance of the Peachland Fire Department. Samples of guano were collected and the deceased bats were removed and sent to necropsy to determine their cause of death. We suspect the heat and smoke may have overcome some of the newborns. The results from the study will determine the general health of our colony.