Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) : Institut de recherche du Mersey Tobeatic


MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.

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Why monitor and report bat sightings?

Bats have become increasingly at risk in Canada due to White-nose syndrome since it was first observed in New York in 2006.  Since then it has spread through bat-to-bat contact, arriving in Nova Scotia in 2010/2011.  White-nose syndrome is caused by Pseudogymnascus destructans, a fungus which invades the body of bats while they overwinter in caves.  The fungal infection causes the bats to awaken and burn their fat stores resulting in death by starvation or hypothermia.  In 2013, MTRI and the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (NSDNR) collaborated to create  The website consists of a web portal for reporting bats and also directs users to the rare species reporting hotline where they can also submit reports of bats.


 Photo Credit:  Hugh Broders


Program Objectives




2014 Results


2013 Results


Location of bat sightings submitted to the bat conservation website and rare species reporting hotline


Years of Data