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May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm PDT
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Bats are very important animals that are feared and misunderstood by many. Get to know them better on a night of adventure with bat lover and researcher Danielle Dagenais! Kicking the night off with an introductory 40-minute presentation, Danielle will share general facts about bats, their habitat, the best bat viewing locations, and ways to support and help local bat populations. This presentation will be followed by a stroll through the Park to watch and hear bats in their natural habitat. During the walk, we will discuss echolocation and how to safely watch bats. Come out for an extraordinary night of education and fun!
Danielle Dagenais began her bat career in 2011, while pursuing a Master of Science assessing bat foraging activity over vineyards in the Okanagan Valley. During her studies, she volunteered for numerous bat projects, including projects being conducted in Stanley Park. Over the years, she has helped monitor bat populations in the park, as well as netted bats and led talks and walks in Stanley Park. Danielle is currently the Regional Coordinator for the Community Bat Programs of BC (bcbats.ca), the Outreach Coordinator for the South Coast Bat Conservation Society (scbats.org) and has her own consulting company (EcoEd). Through her company, she provides bat education to schools and youth groups and conducts bat box assessments across the region. In addition, she hosts bat building workshops in the area, often partnering with municipality staff to ensure boxes are installed, monitored, and maintained properly. Since 2017, Dagenais has had the pleasure of helping with important bat research in the Greater Vancouver area.
This program will meet at the Stanley Park Pavilion (located near the Stanley Park Bus Loop and Rose Garden). Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete a health check.
Masks are mandatory for the indoor portion of this program and optional for the outdoor portion.
Accessibility note: This program requires accessing our office on the second floor, via stairs. We will be moving on some uneven surfaces and moderate inclines in lower light conditions, for up to 2 hours. If you have any questions about accessibility, please email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***This program is weather dependent. Please check your email 12 hours before the program date/time to confirm it has not been cancelled due to inclement weather such as high winds, heavy rain or extreme heat. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
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**All participants must pre-register for this program – NO DROP-INS ARE ALLOWED. Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale – you choose what you pay!
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*****Cancellation policy – We are accommodating refunds for cancellations due to illness to keep everyone healthy, but the number of recent cancellations is impacting our capacity to run these programs. If you must cancel, please let us know if you need a refund or if you are able to help us offer affordable programs for the public (we will continue to seek ways of subsidizing programs in this changing economic climate as well!)
We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.