Prior to settling into beach chairs for the Canada Day fireworks display, approximately 150 people gathered to view the bats exiting Peachland Primary School at dusk.
An increase in activity may have made the bats timid initially but the unofficial July 1 count was more than 1,000 bats leaving the attic within a one hour time frame. The two remaining official bat counts will be held on Tuesday, July 24 and Tuesday, August 7.
It is predicted the newborn pups will be flying by these dates, therefore an increase in numbers is anticipated. Anyone interested in volunteering as a counter can register at the Peachland Visitor Information Centre.
The public is also invited to Bat Chat, a series of weekly tours during July and August. Meet at the Peachland Primary School each Tuesday at 3 p.m.
There’ll be bat viewings via the video camera in the roost, updates on bat activity, and the opportunity to peek into the Primary School and check on the renovation.
Visitors will hear our story of the Peachland Bats and residents are welcome to share their experiences. Tours may vary due to construction activity within the school. Meet in front of the school and bring your friends and summer guests. This is a free event but donations are graciously accepted for ongoing costs of Peachland Bats Educational and Tourism Program.
Also check out the new Go Batty in Peachland T-shirts at the Visitor Centre. They make a great souvenir.
– Darlene Hartford