northern myotis, Credit: Sybill Amelon

Endangered Provincially and Nationally

Description

• Dull yellow-brown fur with pale grey belly, long rounded ears
• Weighs between six and nine grams; about eight centimetres long; wingspan of 25 centimetres
• Similar to the little brown myotis, except fleshy portion covering ears is pointed
• Hibernates from October to March, mostly in caves or abandoned mines

Range

• Found as far north as Moosonee, and the north shore of Lake Superior

Threats

• Fungal disease called white nose syndrome
• Wind turbines
• Habitat loss

Protection

• Provincially protected under the Endangered Species Act, 2007
• Federally protected under the Species at Risk Act, 2002

Fact

Approximately 40 percent of the northern myotis’ global range is in Canada.