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  • CLICK HERE to watch a webcast for students about bat species, White-Nose Syndrome, and how to help these fascinating mammals.
  • CLICK HERE to watch a webcast from Bracken Bat Cave, the world’s largest bat colony.
  • CLICK HERE to watch the webinar, Cave and Karst – The World Beneath our Feet. CLICK HERE for a flyer about the webinar.
  • CLICK HERE to watch the webinar, Bat Basics. (Scroll to the middle of the page.)
  • CLICK HERE to watch the webinar, Bat Education in Your Class and in the Field. (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
  • CLICK HERE for FAQs about bats.

Bats are vital to healthy ecosystems and human economies worldwide. As primary predators of night-flying insects, bats consume enormous quantities of agricultural pests and reduce the need for chemical pesticides. Yet these wonderfully diverse and beneficial creatures are among the least studied and most misunderstood of animals. Bats are threatened worldwide, and their colonies and habitats are destroyed - both intentionally and inadvertently - because of myths, misinformation, and lack of scientific knowledge and understanding. Bat populations are declining almost everywhere in North America especially due to the devastating White-nose Syndrome. Losing bats has far-reaching consequences for natural ecosystems and human economies. Knowledge is the key to their conservation and protection.

BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure is an exciting, free education program for children in the 4-8th grades and their educators, that will bring bat conservation to life in your classroom or community.

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Spotted Bat
Photo © Merlin D. Tuttle
Bat Conservation International

What's New

BatsLIVE recently interviewed Dr. Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International, and you can follow along on Dr. Tuttle’s research and photography trips.  More »

Volunteers and a Girl Scout troop recently planted 1,500 agave plants to provide food for the endangered Lesser long-nosed bats at the Coronado National Memorial in Arizona. More »

Watch “The Race to Save Pennsylvania’s Bats”, produced by WZED in Pittsburgh, online.  White-Nose Syndrome is called North America's most devastating wildlife disease in history. More »

National Public Radio recently reported on the spread of White-Nose Syndrome to Missouri.  More »

Watch the webinar conducted in January 2012 about the national White-Nose Syndrome response and learn about the most up-to-date guidance and techniques for winter WNS survey and data collection. More »

Bat Conservation International reports that the newly released federal budget for 2012 contains good news for bats. Congress is directing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to spend $4 million for the fight against White-nose Syndrome, the rapidly spreading disease that has killed millions of bats across eastern North America since 2006. More »

Rolf Muller, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, found that certain bats, such as the horseshoe bat, alter the shape of their entire outer ears in the space of milliseconds, to better "hear" the sound waves bouncing off objects and prey. More »

Watch Bats! produced by Georgia Outdoors and Georgia Public Broadcasting, which puts viewers face to face with bats, and their incredible wing structure. They are the only mammal that can fly, but we also explore a mysterious disease that's taking them down by the thousands. More »

 

 

Partner News

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Join volunteers at a site near you, Saturday, September 29, 2012.  In 2011, more than 170,000 volunteers worked at 2,067 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. More »

A couple of NPLD events are highlighting bats:

On September 15 at the Berlin Lake Mill Creek Campground in Ohio, help build bat boxes, impact campsites, paint bathrooms, maintain nature trails, pick up litter, and sort recycling. Participants are given free camping for the entire weekend, children's programs, breakfast before the event, and lunch afterward.  MORE    More »

On September 29 at Sam Houston National Forest in Texas, build roost boxes for bats, construct fish habitat structures, build nest structures for native bees, and maintain the trails. A festival with education events and activities will follow the work projects.  More »

Batstock, a three-day event in New Jersey, will be held August 24 – 26 to celebrate bats and to raise money and awareness for White-Nose Syndrome. More »

The 11th Annual Great Lakes Bat Festival will be held on Sept. 29 at Southfield, Michigan sponsored by the Organization for Bat Conservation and USDA Forest Service. Help build bat boxes that will be used on Michigan's public lands. More »

Check out the new Night Friends: Bats of the Americas online activity guide for students in kindergarten through grade 8 from the National Wildlife Federation and Bat Conservation International.  CLICK HERE for a pdf file.

2012 is being observed as the Year of the Bat. Education regarding the essential roles of bats in maintaining healthy ecosystems and human economies has never been more important. Bats are found nearly everywhere and approximately 1,200 species account for almost a quarter of all mammals. Nevertheless, in recent decades their populations have declined alarmingly. Many are now endangered, though they provide invaluable services that we cannot afford to lose. More »