Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Bats Aren’t Scary, but Extinction Is

Guest speaker Mike Anissimoff, Canadian Wildlife Federation

photo Mike Anissimoff


We are excited to announce our next natural history presentation, to take place on Thursday night, March 15th, 2018. Guest speaker for this presentation will be bat conservation expert Mike Anissimoff of the Canadian Wildlife Service. “Bats Aren’t Scary, but Extinction Is” will be the 6th presentation in MVFN’s “When Things Go Bump in the Night” series.

Over the last decade, Mike Anissimoff has devoted his time to pursuing a passion for conservation and sustainable development of the natural world. Anissimoff has extensive experience researching both bat and bird populations. He spent five years with the Canadian Wildlife Service monitoring the abundance and distribution of migratory bat and bird populations in relation to wind energy development in Ontario. And now, at the Canadian Wildlife Federation, he leads programs for the conservation of Canada’s bats.

Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) photo Mike Anissimoff


Resident and hibernating bats have been plagued with white-nose syndrome, which has killed millions of bats in Canada and the United States. In addition, bat mortality associated with habitat loss, wind turbines and pesticides has further impaired survival of bat populations and has resulted in unsustainable population growth. Habitat loss has also promoted a continued reliance, for some bat species, on anthropogenic (human-made) structures for roosting sites. Interactions between bats and humans become inevitable, but cohabitation can be important for the animals’ survival. Wildlife control companies play a major role in managing and mitigating the impacts of these interactions. The Canadian Wildlife Federation is working to increase public and industry awareness of bats, to encourage a better understanding of their ecology, and to contribute to the eventual recovery of healthy populations.

Anissimoff’s presentation will explore the basic species-specific intricacies of bat life cycles for our local bats, and apply the information to approaches and efforts to conserve these wild species.


“Bats have had a bad rap for years, but they are more closely related to people than you might think. How much do you know about bats?”

Take the Canadian Wildlife Federation bat quiz


Thursday March 15, 2018 /  7:30 PM / Almonte United Church 106 Elgin St. Almonte, ON

Doors to the social hall at Almonte United Church will open at 7 PM and the program gets underway at 7:30 PM. Refreshments are available throughout the evening and a discussion will follow the presentation. As always, the event is free for MVFN members and youth 18 and under. Everyone is welcome, $5 for non-members fee at the door. For further information please contact MVFN’s Program Chair Gretta Bradley at  or visit

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Bats A Very Fascinating Topic at MVFN Meeting

Press Release
Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
Submitted by: Ian Baker
March 20, 2004

Bats A Very Fascinating Topic at MVFN Meeting  

Bat ImageOn Thursday March 18, Perth resident and long-time bat enthusiast, Jim Ronson presented an interesting talk on Bats at the popular monthly meeting of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists.

The speaker was introduced by MVFN member Ian Baker.

Ronson, who is the President of the Rideau Valley Field Naturalists, started the evening by sorting out myths and facts about bat-lore. His vivid description of the bats’ ability to use Echolocation to “see” their surroundings in the dark stimulated a lively discussion. The speaker indicated bats use this sonar-like talent to detect size, shape and texture of their prey. Jim also shared highlights of the Bat Conservation International video “Secret World of Bats”. The audience was entertained and enlightened about the many bat species from Flying Foxes in Australia, Fruit Bats in Mexico to Vampire Bats of South and Central Americas. Ronson talked about the need for public education, stating that bats are at risk primarily because people don’t understand how valuable they are.

Bats native to the Almonte area include the Little Brown bat, the Large Brown bat, the Red bat and the Eastern Pipistrell. While these little creatures are often difficult to differentiate due to their nocturnal habits and without close examination in the hand, Mr. Ronson pointed out some characteristics of flight pattern that can be helpful as well as tips on when and where to observe. Bats native to Ontario are largely insect eaters and will consume 1/2 their weight a day. They live 10 to 15 years, some to 30 years.

Jim Ronson concluded his presentation with a donation of a home-made Bat House. He described the simple and practical design and where best to locate. After the audience participated with many questions and personal experiences, the speaker was presented with a gift basket of local honey products, to the sounds of a hearty round of applause.

In other business, MVFN Director Cliff Bennett announced the upcoming Environmental Education Projects Programme fund-raiser in May. Look for Jim Ronson’s Bat-house at the Silent auction.

The next MVFN evening programme will be held Thursday, April 15 at the Almonte United Church on Elgin Street. The topic will be the Peregrine Falcon Release Program with guest speaker Gary Neilson of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

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