Bat Education and Ecological Protection Society

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Do you love our ️️Peachland bats 
& want to contribute to their well being?
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Our community bat educational program was established in 2011 to promote public awareness of the colony of bats inhabiting the Peachland Historic School, as well as awareness to the value of bats to our ecosystem.


Through corporate sponsorship and fundraising we have been able to purchase and install a camera in the attic roost providing live footage of bat activity upstairs. This is an excellent model of man co-habitating with bats and provides a unique experience that has drawn people locally, regionally and internationally, to our community.


We have taken great strides since 2011. Here are some of our accomplishments:


  • Bat Chats are fun, interactive programs offered to children of all ages, twice weekly throughout the summer. Through reservations Bat Chats are also available to groups (of all ages) at anytime throughout the year. Bat Chats have been presented to international university students, seniors homes, garden clubs, New Comers Clubs, SPCA summer camp, Okanagan Libraries from West Kelowna to Osoyoos and numerous public and private schools. We are currently in our sixth season of summer programs and ongoing presentations of this popular event.

  • Bat Watch: BC Annual Bat Counts are a source of entertainment for visitors and locals, in addition to providing stats confirming our bat colony is healthy in numbers and is reproducing. Four times annually one can find teams of people counting bats as they fly out of the Historic Primary School after dusk. The Bat Counts have encouraged the community to enjoy this unique experience, and to share it. On any given summer evening bystanders can be seen waiting in front of the Visitor Centre for the bats to exit. BEEPS holds four official counts for the province of BC and two unofficial counts annually.

  • Community Partnerships have been created while expanding our programs. The District of Peachland continuously supports our initiatives. The Peachland Volunteer Fire Brigade are partners in the guano clean-out and provide access to the roost whenever needed. Our annual fundraiser, The Rubber Ducky Race, partners with the Peachland Sportsman Association, Community Policing, Fire Department and numerous businesses.

  • Bat Education & Ecological Protection Society (BEEPS) was created in 2016 and has experienced an amazing year of growth. BEEPS developed the Bat House Interpretive Trail in partnership with Peachland Rotary Club and the District. This project provides interpretive signage with a wealth of knowledge about bats, along an easy walking path, showcasing Peachland’s lakeshore, Trepanier Creek and back woods that link to a network of local hiking trails.

  • Bat Biologist Team partnerships have expanded and BEEPS is now included regionally in bat studies performed by the BC Community Bat Program, the leading force in bat studies and activities in the Central Okanagan; and the Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Alliance, who has organized the Meadowlark Nature Festival (including 81 nature tours annually) for 20 years. Go Batty in Peachland has been on the tour route for 6 years.

  • A Roost Logger and 2 HOBO Temperature Loggers have been purchased and installed in the attic to provide data on species identification, hibernation departure & return dates and the correlation between the movement of the colony within the attic and fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Data from our HOBOs will also be included in a regional study this summer on Bat House Temperatures and Bat Mortality.

  • The Bat Education & Ecological Protection Society was created and immediately sponsored a community logo contest, won by a local artist.  All of these accomplishments have been through the dedication and energy of volunteers in a short span of six years. We are excited about the accomplishments of our program and the tourism initiative it has become. Now it is time to spread our wings once again. BEEPS, with the skills and expertise of a summer student, set the following goals into action.


  • 1. Created a Community Bat House Registry, in partnership with the BC Community Bat Program. The awareness of the value of bat houses in preserving bat habitat, and in the exclusion of bats where they are not welcome, has increased substantially. The new Bat House Interpretive Trail has assisted in developing this awareness and in attracting bat stewards to our community.

  • 2. Documentation, Creative Visuals and Spreadsheets are required on data collected from the Roost Logger and Temperature Loggers in the attic. The technical skills and knowledge in environmental studies of our summer student have set this in motion.

  • 3. Updating the Bat Chat power point, materials and displays are crucial due to the increase in repeat bookings from schools and organizations.

  • 4. A hand-out brochure on Facts About Okanagan Bats is a valuable learning tool our program has been lacking. The new brochure created by our student includes the Bat House Interpretive Trail Map as well as common bat facts.



BEEPS was successful in acquiring a grant for 9 weeks, to employ a university student, to upgrade, expand and facilitate our programs. 


This opportunity required a financial commitment of $3,000.00 for BEEPS’ portion of wages and project supplies. These expenses greatly diminished our resources required to continue our programs, replace supplies for Bat Chats, and upgrade/maintain and increase equipment in the attic for the continuation of studies with our Environment Canada partners.


We are humbly seeking your financial support and will provide acknowledgement of your generosity in printed materials of future projects, as well as in related advertising and public relations. Please refer to the attached Corporate Sponsor document for donation options and the recognition you will receive for your assistance in BEEPS initiatives.


We thank you in advance for your consideration of becoming a Corporate Sponsor.


Bat Education & Ecological Protection Society