|Date||8 Jul 2020|
My project is the next step of the urban bat conservation strategy realized by our Bat Rehabilitation Center in Kharkiv to implement the best bat education, conservation and rehabilitation practices on Ukrainian-wide scale. In 2019 we moved thought a tipping point in public opinion about bats in Ukraine; all our public and media activities had changed the reputation of bats. Bats are recognized as threatened, red-listed and providers of ecosystem services now. But a lot of practical work is needed now:
1) setting up bat-boxes; Each year we get plenty of calls about summer bat colonies in countryside buildings, in some cases, owners are not aggressive to bats and agree to live together with them. We want to create 5 short video stories about these people who positively share their houses with bats, and also set up bat boxes in their properties. Bat-boxes will be promoted as conflict-resolving possibility to increase the acceptance of house dwelling bats.
2) prevent mass bat killings during building renovation; The main
mortality cases of urban bats in Ukraine (both Russia) in last years happened during renovation
works (mostly changing of windows) in private and public buildings in winter.
3) continue monitoring and rescue of bats in cities. More and more people are calling our call-center about bat colonies in their building and we have the unique opportunity to collect and extend this data. It will give us the opportunity to estimate recruitment for bats living in settlements and estimate their distribution.
Read about Alona's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/alona_prylutska or for more information contact:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prylutskaa or https://www.facebook.com/KharkivBatGroup/