Our next Lunch and Learn will be on May 12th, 2021 from 12 – 12:30pm (EST). This will be a special half hour Lunch and Learn, as we will be having Shaun O’Dea presenting his 2020 CACPT Merit Award winning Report – Urban Planning for Better Bat Habitats.
Registration can be found at below. Once registered, you will be provided a Zoom connection link closer to May 12th. This Lunch and Learn will be open for all CACPT Members, but limited to the first 100 registrants.
During the spring and summer months, thousands of Little Brown Bats and their pups nest in the District of Peachland’s historic schoolhouse. Once-maligned, bats are now recognised as a valuable ecological indicator species and important insectivores who help manage insect populations. As a designated Bat Friendly Community, Peachland hopes to ensure that its urban growth does not impact the sustainability of the bats’ maternity colony, foraging areas and commuting corridors.
This study explores the impact of artificial light on bat behaviour and habitat sustainability. It includes recommendations to help protect important ecological areas in Peachland, while ensuring public safety and economic opportunity are not compromised. This approach to protecting and enhancing bat habitats is applicable to communities throughout Canada where Little Brown Bat populations are under threat.
Bio – Shaun O’Dea
Shaun is a recent graduate of the Langara College Applied Planning programme and the recipient of a CACPT Merit Award for his capstone project, Urban Planning for Better Bat Habitats. After completing his studies, Shaun worked for David Nairne + Associates Ltd in North Vancouver supporting land-use planning and community housing projects for First Nations and Metis clients. He has recently relocated to the Okanagan region to serve as a Planning Technician for the District of Lake Country, one of British Columbia’s fastest-growing municipalities.
George T. Zajac, CPT, MCIP, RPP
Executive Director, CACPT