Happy 'Batday' to Us!  

The first bat sightings of this year were unofficially reported from around the community starting in mid-March.  These sightings were unusually early and became then fewer and far between in the following weeks, perhaps because of the cooler weather, which would have made food sources scarce.  We were thrilled to spot the first returning resident of the Peachland Historic School attic colony on April 13, during monitoring equipment maintenance.  Since then, the numbers have increased slowly but steadily. For a closer look at the bats in the attic, drop by the Visitor Centre in the yellow PHS across from Swim Bay, and check out the new live camera feeds.  Keep an eye on Facebook or visit our website for updates.


International Bat Appreciation Day occurs annually on April 17th and is a great time of year to observe bats and learn about the important role they play in nature.  This year, BEEPS placed "Easter Bat" cards on the posts along the Bat House Interpretive Trail, with clues to answer a few questions, and win Easter treats.  We were pleased with the response from families that participated.  
Interesting Bat Facts
  • BC has 15 species of bats, the greatest diversity of any Canadian province.
  • Globally there are over 1,200 species of bats, approximately 1/5 of all the mammal species and nearly 70% of these bats are insectivores.
  • BC's largest bat is the Hoary Bat, with a wingspan of 39 cm and weighing as much as a dinner fork

BEEPS Bat Houses at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards at Greata Ranch

During a recent visit to the vineyards, BEEPS director, Darlene Hartford learned about their efforts to minimize the use of toxic pesticides in the vineyard by using natural predators. Assistant winemaker and assistant vineyard manager, Brandon Lawrence explained how they use bats to control insect infestation and hawks to reduce rodent populations.  The vineyard now boasts bat and hawk houses, to entice these hardworking partners to the task. To find out how you can entice them to your property, visit:


And the Award goes to.... BEEPS

Excellence in Tourism
Awarded by the Peachland Chamber -  April 30, 2022

L-R Director, Dagmar White; Past President Heidi Slyngbom; President Rachel Truant; Program Director Darlene Hartford.

Thanks to the tireless dedication of BEEPS Founding President and Program Director Darlene Hartford and many helpers, BEEPS was host to the Bats Out of the Darkness Travelling Exhibit, in Peachland.  This project was the culmination of a 2-year effort by 16 stakeholders and drew numerous visitors of all ages to the Peachland Community Centre and Little Schoolhouse from July through October, with its activities and edutainment.
We are honoured to be celebrated in this fashion, and grateful for all the support received.
Girl Guides Naitaka District was the first group to walk the Bat Trail this spring. 19 Guides and 4 leaders.
Below, you can see how BEEPS President Rachel with Penny the Bat Pupper, captured & nurtured their fascination.

Upcoming Events & Activities

May 20: Go Batty in Peachland
May 28: Community Group Open House - 50+ Activity Centre. Watch for details.
May 29 - September 26: Peachland Farmers & Crafters Market.  Visit our booth and say hi!
June 15: Mark your calendars for a special event now in the final planning stages. 5-8 PM 
July - August: Friday Night Bat Counts
ANYTIME Guided Tours:  BEEPS in the Vineyard & Bat House Interpretive Trail.
For more info or to book a tour: email or call (250) 767-2143.
As BEEPS continues to grow, and with a busy summer ahead, we need your expertise and generosity. 
Please share YOU with US!
The bats need us to learn and work together to educate the public about these misunderstood mammals; protect their habitat and mitigate habitat loss. Bats are a vital component of a healthy ecosystem.
We gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by our current volunteers and partners.

Email to learn more.
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