Kingston, Nova Scotia
1st Kingston Scout Group
By Emma Comeau, Regional Lead – Youth Spokesperson program
As the warmer weather comes upon us, more and more bats will start to come out of hibernation and enter the lively environment again. But this time, less bats that entered hibernation. Why, you might ask? There lives a viral disease that has an immense impact on bat populations in Eastern Canada, named whitenose syndrome. White nose syndrome is named for the distinctive fungal growth around and on the muzzles and wings of hibernating bat and is responsible for millions of bat deaths around Canada.
The 1st Kingston Scouting, a Group of approximately 46 youth and 18 Scouters, have recognized the absence of the bats in their community, and are willing to help as a team with much support from various local organizations. “We have received support from the Village of Kingston, Clean Annapolis River Project, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, and, the Kingston Fire Department,” stated the Project Lead, Theresa Ruggles-Nickerson.
The dedicated Scouters of 1st Kingston wanted to build bat boxes with their youth for quite some time, as some of our Scouters had built them within the Scouts program when they were youth members. They also wanted to challenge their youth to help their community, help the environment, and to be aware that they can accomplish something too.
With that said, these youth and Scouters have been hard at work creating boxes for the event day and unveiling. “Most of bat boxes will be preassembled during our regular weekly meetings, but, some will be assembled at Saturday’s event,” said Theresa.
On April 30th at 1pm, 1st Kingston, with help from the community, will be installing bat boxes premade by the youth, in hopes for bats to roost inside and use as nurseries to help rebuild the bat population. The Kingston Lions Hall in Nova Scotia is the assigned location for the starting point of the installations.
Surely, the bats will be jumping for joy when they find these boxes as they search for a place to roost for the night. Thank you 1st Kingston!
1st Kingston encourages you to pay it forward this Good Turn Week by giving back to the community or local wildlife. Follow 1st Kingston’s helping hands at their group website: www.1stkingston.com.
Post your good turn on social media using the hashtag #GoodTurnWeek.