Townsend's big-eared bat (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Townsend's big-eared bat (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

It’s that Halloween time again: Everything you need to know about bats

October 26, 2021
Montréal, Québec


A very special week is starting for kids: this Sunday is Halloween! For the occasion, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Zoo de Granby and Appalachian Corridor have put together a series of playful educational videos to raise awareness among children and adults about the problems that bats are facing. These short clips will be shared on social media, as well as on NCC’s website throughout the week!

The myths and stories are still alive and well

In these three two-minute clips, some of the myths about bats will be addressed and debunked — for everyone's benefit. Where do vampire stories come from? Can bats really get tangled in our hair? Why are bats sometimes found in attics? The answers to these questions and others should help people better appreciate these small flying mammals.

The fact is: bats are in danger!

Also discussed will be the different threats that bats face, as well as how to help them. Diseases, harsh winters and long-distance travel present serious challenges to their survival, with some species even on the verge of extinction. The videos outline actions taken by the three conservation partners, while also providing small acts that the public can take at home.

As the bat flies

These short clips are just the beginning! You can further explore the wonderful and interesting world of these underappreciated creatures through quizzes, activities and links to other websites. Are you ready? Open your bat wings and dive into the fascinating world of bats through these videos!


We would like to thank Environment and Climate Change Canada for their involvement through the Community-nominated priority places for species at risk program of Canada's Nature Fund. Thanks also to the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec for their collaboration and involvement in the Équipe de rétablissement des chauve-souris du Québec (the Quebec bat recovery team) and for their participation in our project.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)is Canada’s leading not-for-profit private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC has helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast, including 48,000 hectares (around 118,600 acres) in Quebec.

The Zoo de Granby is a recognized conservation institution whose mandate is to ensure the well-being of the animals under its care, the reproduction of threatened species and the protection of animal species and wildlife habitats. Their public awareness, conservation and research work in Quebec and abroad make a difference on many levels. To find out more, visit  zoodegranby.com/en/

Appalachian Corridor is a non-profit conservation organization founded in 2002 with a mission to protect natural areas in the Appalachian region of southern Québec. Through the implementation of a transborder conservation strategy, Appalachian Corridor works with local communities to maintain and restore a way of life that respects the ecology of the region from a perspective of sustainable development. Appalachian Corridor and its partners in the region currently protect a total area of 37,713 acres (15,262 hectares). To learn more: corridorappalachien.ca/en/

The Community-nominated priority places for species at risk initiative of the Nature Fund of Canada is a four-year $15.6 million funding initiative administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. It supports multi-partner initiatives in priority places where there are opportunities to protect and recover species at risk and their habitat through multi-species and ecosystem-based conservation action. canada.ca

The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs is responsible for the sustainable management of forests and wildlife for the benefit of the citizens of Québec.  Through its wildlife mission, the Ministry aims to ensure the maintenance of biodiversity and the conservation of species and their habitats while promoting their development. Within the framework of its mission, it collaborates with several partners in the field. mffp.gouv.qc.ca

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Media Contact:

Audrey Martel
Communications & marketing assistant (B.Sc. Biology)
Nature Conservancy of Canada
877-876-5444 x6222

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