The Bats of High Park

I am interested in comparing the social lives of big brown bats living in trees in High Park to those living in buildings. If you live in the High Park area and have bats in your attic and would be willing to let me study them, please contact me for more information on how you can help: call/text 647-636-7447.

Working with PhD student Cylita Guy, we caught 81 big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) in and around High Park over the summer of 2015; 26 of these were part of a maternity colony (adult females and their pups) living in a residential building near High Park. To figure out where the bats feed and sleep, we radio-tracked 9 bats whose ‘profiles’ are featured here. We also caught a hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) and 3 red bats (Lasiurus borealis). Learn more about HOW we study these bats.

MEET (in order of first capture):

Dorothy

Bruce

George

Atticus

Vik

Salem

Cora

Coretta

Padmé

Hoary Bat

Red Bat

DISCLAIMER:

How to properly remove bats from your home (or the ground).

How to properly remove bats from your home (or the ground).

PLEASE do not try to handle bats. I have over 15 years of experience handling bats so I know how to do this in a way that is safe for me AND the bats. I also have proper vaccinations. If you find a bat in your home, put on gloves then place a box or towel over the bat and take it outside. If you find a bat on the ground, call animal control.