In Canada, Townsend’s big-eared bat occurs only in British Columbia, where it is Blue-listed. Although found from Vancouver Island to the Rocky Mountains, this bat has a scattered distribution, usually associated with the dryer biogeoclimatic zones of the southern coast, southern interior and central interior. In Canada, little is known of this bat’s biology. The Townsend’s big-eared bat was rarely captured or detected by typical bat survey methods and was previously known from very few maternity colonies in the province. In 1996, a survey funded by the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (CBFWCP) located a maternity colony of 100 Townsend’s big-eared bats at the St. Eugene Mission (near Cranbrook). Previously unknown in the East Kootenays, this colony was also the largest ever found in the province and the only maternity colony ever found in the interior. Unfortunately the status of the abandoned St. Eugene Mission was uncertain, as it was to be developed as part of a golf resort...
Firman, M.C.. 1999. Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Plecotus townsendii) in the East Kootenays (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: species at risk, sara, townsend's big-eared bat, corynorhinus townsendii, plecotus townsendii
Scientific Name: Corynorhinus townsendii
English Name: Townsend's Big-eared Bat
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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