Lately, while out on our walks and bat walks, we have been looking for laneways to explore. You never know what you are going to find. Art, cool graffiti, dead bodies and sometimes bats! One of the main reason we are walking down laneways, is there is way less human traffic.
Laneways in Toronto are generally run along the back of peoples homes. Many have garages. Garages are usually home to many critters including raccoons and bats! When we have gone down laneways during bat adventures we usually find some bat hot spots.
There was even a time when art installations were held in laneways. I always had a lot of fun at those. Maybe when we are let out of pandemic jail, this might become a thing again. We need to utilize our space better and this is a great way to do it.
There is a map of the laneways in Toronto. Not only can you find bats, but sometimes you will also find really cool art or graffiti. Here is a link to the Laneway Project Map. https://www.thelanewayproject.ca/map
Each time I post, I am going to also suggest music that goes with bat adventures! Today I’m suggesting Luau or Die!
Type of bats: Big Brown Bats
No. Mosquito bites: 0
Here is a link I’ve created to all of our bat sightings.
Important: Do not handle bats. They can carry the rabies virus. Only those who have been properly vaccinated and have knowledge of bats should be handling them. If you find a bat in your home call a bat rescue. Do not call an exterminator, call a rescue. Bats are important for our environment. I have links below for rescues.
Types of bats in Ontario: https://onnaturemagazine.com/bat-guide.html
High Park Nature Centre: https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Mammals.Bats
Bat rescues: http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/?care=bat