March 15, 2010
The article Tiny bats give hope to proposal for park (March 4) highlights another species dependent on Manitoba’s boreal forests for its survival. As Craig Willis describes, Fisher Bay’s large population of little brown bats could not survive without the boreal forest that provides insects for food as well as summer-roosting sites. The Fisher River Cree Nation wants this area included in the proposed Fisher Bay Provincial Park. This region must become protected from industrial development. If logging and mining continue unchecked, the little brown bat will disappear. The provincial government can protect the little brown bat by establishing park boundaries determined by factors such as the bats’ summer-roosting sites.