Become a citizen scientist and find out how to hear and count bats, then turn your attention upwards to be “star struck” on the shore of the Kootenay Lake.
What’s the best thing about darkness in the West Kootenays? Bats and stars, of course! Come find out and become a citizen scientist for one evening, gathering valuable data for the Kootenay Community Bat Project and “hearing” the bats in action, before tuning out all sound and turning your attention upwards to the vast sky above the Kootenay Lake for an awesome star tour with a local amateur astronomer.
Come for an evening of science and discovery, nocturnal style. You will do your bit for West Kootenay biodiversity and monitor a bat roost (where they rest during the day and raise their young) in Kaslo Bay as part of the Kootenay Community Bat Project. In the twilight, you will safely watch and experience the bats feeding on insects on the bay, demonstrating their amazing hunting skills. Gillian Sanders, naturalist and educator, will join us and tell/show us why bats are truly extraordinary and unique creatures. But bats are difficult to see, and even harder to hear, right? In fact, humans can’t hear their calls at all, but we will show you how you can actually “hear” them, and you will be amazed at what happens outside your window at night without you even realizing. The night is loud for those who listen…..
We then turn our attention upwards to the Milky Way for science of a different type. Kootenay Lake sky is truly magical at night—the quiet is whole, and the sky is filled with more stars than you thought possible, sandwiched between the Purcell and the Selkirk Mountains. Following a nutritious snack, Don Scarlett, a local amateur astronomer will join us by the lakeside for some lore, star gazing, and…..true peace and quiet. The night is bright for those who open their eyes…
Details/Good to Know:
- Length of time: 3 hours
- 8 pm-11:00 pm
- Physical Challenge Rating: low
- Families welcome with children over 10
- Held outdoors
- Come prepared for cold, wind
- This experience is weather dependant, and may be cancelled or postponed due to rainy or cloudy conditions
- Snacks and drinks (locally prepared)
- Bat monitoring equipment
- Astronomy and bat guided experience
- 12 persons max*
- Please contact us for private or special group bookings
- Price: Adult: $65 plus GST | Youth 10-16: $55 plus GST
*A minimum number of guests from one or multiple groups are required for this experience to be offered. Please see experience small print.