September & October

See what we've been up to... and be sure to visit BEEPS at the Jack-O-Lantern Walk on the Haunted Dock tonight from 5 - 7:30PM.  Spooky fun for all!
Bat Week is all about appreciating these amazing animals and their benefits to us: eating insects, pollinating flowers and spreading seeds and nutrients.

Most folks do not associate them with Food Security, the Environment and the Economy.  Examples are the partnerships BEEPS has established with the three wineries in Peachland; Saxon Estate Winery, Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery and Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards at Greata Ranch to provide information, bat boxes and guano to fertilize the grape vines.  In addition, we are selling the Bat Friendly Apples from Sun-Oka Fruit Farms whose bat box occupation is approximately 900 bats, allowing him to curb coddling moth spray on his crops. Sale on until November 5, see below.

So food security through insect pest control, pollination and fertilization, and agritourism… just in Peachland and area alone.
Read Bat Week info from;
Paula Rodriguez de la Vega

Okanagan Region Coordinator, BC Community Bat Program
Toll free: 1-855-922-BATS (2287) ext.13

Get your Bat-Friendly Apples!!
Place your order until November 5.

BEEPS Director Dagmar White handing over a box of Ambrosias to supporter Joan D, from our first campaign.
 Click here to place your order.  
Bat chat, lead into BATWEEK
More batty friends having fun while they learn about bats.
This group of 40 grade 1 and 2 students, listened quietly and then were proud to share the bat knowledge they've learned, as they made their bat craft.
Huge thanks to Granny's Fruit Stand in Summerland for their generous donation of pumpkins, again this year.

 They packed their bags and moved out.

The last bats were sighted in the attic of the Peachland Historic School about  2 weeks ago, according to Visitor Centre manager Trina, who helps BEEPS monitor the attic bat cameras.  Although we are not certain, bat biologists surmise that our bat colony departs to find cozy and comfy cracks, crevasses and small caves to snooze the winter away.  To help stop the spread of white-nose syndrome in our bat populations, cave explorers are cautioned to meticulously examine and clean all clothing and equipment when they exit a cave, and before entering the next one. 

As 2022 was an unusual summer, our bats returned later in the spring, gave birth later and stayed longer with our balmy fall temperatures providing them with an extended bug buffet.  Incidentally, BEEPS and other bat conservation groups in the Okanagan reported higher than normal numbers of bats in unusual locations than in other years.  Once we have all compared notes, we will advise any conclusions reached. 

Attic Cleanout and Guano Collection

Now that the bats have relinquished their summer residence, BEEPS will be able to climb up into the attic of the Peachland Historic School to examine the equipment, make any needed adjustments and collect data from the devices we've installed.  We are most grateful to the Peachland Fire Department and other community volunteers as, without their guidance and assistance, this would not happen.  Guano from the summer residents will be collected for laboratory testing, followed by distribution to our winery partners, to be used as organic fertilizer.  The testing will confirm the species and general health of the colony.  

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