Maybe you're excited, or maybe it's a little scary, but either way, you have a chance to help an animal and that's pretty great. Here's how:
- Don't panic!
- If the weather is nice, most bats will fly out an open window or door
- If they won't fly out, or if it's winter, follow Bat Conservation International's tips for safely containing a bat. Do not rescue a bat bare-handed. If you have been bitten or their saliva has come in contact with your eyes, nose, or mouth, seek medical attention.
- Call a wildlife rehabilitator in your area
- If you are in Regina, SK: you can call Mark Brigham's Lab at the University of Regina and someone will come pick up your rescued bat
- The Brigham Lab collaborates with the Saskatchewan Science Centre to house and care for these bats over the winter, and then we release them when the weather is nice in the spring. Maybe you've heard about how fun that event is?
Brigham Lab x SK Science Centre Bat Rescue Program
Most of the bats we have in Regina will hibernate for the winter using structures that humans have built (resourceful!). Usually this is fine, but sometimes they take a wrong turn, or get injured, and people find them. When that happens, the Brigham Lab and the SK Science Centre work together to make sure that they can survive the winter. // Photo courtesy of Anne Brigham