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April 10, 2012

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April 10, 2012

BCI has opened me up to a world I didn't really know about: how important bats are to ecosystems all over the world. I love the educational work they do and I enjoy supporting an organization that does so much with the dollars it receives.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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May 6, 2010

It would be impossible to see this natural wonder and learn about bat conservation and NOT BECOME A SUPPORTER. Honestly, for those of us that think of tigers and polar bears when we think of wildlife-... more

April 10, 2012

Bat Conservation International is addressing the health of the planet--OUR PLANET--by protecting the world's bats. Bats make up more than 20% of the known mammal species on Earth--and the volume and variety of bats is necessary for so many elements of caretaking--pollination, seed dispersal, insect control. Bat conservation is accomplished through education and successful protection partnerships, and BCI excels at both. The work they do is unique and important and they are a very good nonprofit to support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how they work in cities across the USA (like Austin Texas!) to make the citizens appreciate local bat colonies.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

they teach people about bats and why bats matter. they focus on one species and do it right!

May 6, 2010
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It would be impossible to see this natural wonder and learn about bat conservation and NOT BECOME A SUPPORTER. Honestly, for those of us that think of tigers and polar bears when we think of wildlife--this nonprofit will teach you just how terribly much SMALL MATTERS.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a tremendous difference in protecting migratory bat species and in protecting endangered species through public education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 10, 2012

Most people think it's strange to champion bats, but Bat Conservation International is helping combat that. This wonderful organization has helped me educate many friends and family members, who, like so many, believe all the terrible myths about bats. When BCI first started, they chose Austin, TX, as their base of operations because a colony of bats was roosting under the Congress Avenue Bridge, and people, reacting from fear, were killing the bats. Rather than approach this with hand-wringing woe, BCI instead took an educational approach. And now the Congress Ave. colony is a tourist attraction! If only all organizations could be so effective. They are also wonderful about responding to members, and I've received several personal emails from the president and others. Bat Conservation has my continued support in all that they do.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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April 10, 2012

Bat Conservation International was originally founded to counter misinformation about bats. They have done an excellent job of education in the U.S. and around the world, saving unknown numbers of bats. Now, THE BATS REALLY NEED OUR HELP. There is a mysterious plague affecting bat colonies which is wiping them out at an alarming rate. Millions have died. The effect of no bats will be disaster for agriculture. Bats eat lierally tons of agricultural pests. With no bats, farmers will be using way more toxic pesticides instead, harming the environment even more. Bats are also important pollinators. Less bats = more pesticides = harm to beneficial organisms including bees (which also pollinate our crops). A vicious cycle which will have a very bad effect on our agricultural production and our environment--which ultimately affects us all.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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April 10, 2012

White-Nose Syndrome is a major epidemic for bats. (WNS) is a poorly understood disease associated with the deaths of at least 5.7 million to 6.7 million North American bats. Without the dedication of Bat Conservation International, I would not have known the severity of the situation. Bats are critical to our ecosystem, they kill billions of bugs (pests) each year. We need BCI to continue to educate the public on the importance of bats. I support BCI annually, I'm grateful for the work they are doing!

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 13, 2012

Bat Conservation International members discover the world of bats--and how valuable bats are to the planet. From the magazine to the conservation projects it is evident that everyone at BCI cares about conservation and communication!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 5, 2011

Many years ago, La Boca Cave used to host an important population of Mexican Free-tailed bat as well as other species. Easy access to the cave made it so vulnerable that the populations had decreased to a very low number. Thanks to the efforts of Pronatura in coordination with Tecnologico de Monterrey, Tecnologico de Ciudad Victoria and the absolute and unconditional support from BCI, populations of both Mexican Free-tailed bat and Ghost-faced bat have recovered during the last three years. While protecting this maternity cave, we conserve a rich ecosystem and the habitat of a bat population that helps us to get more abundant crops and reduce numbers of disease vectors in a wide area. It is not only about a fence: educational material from BCI helps our students to transform our visitors to the cave into our partners in conservation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Conservation of bat roosts and public education

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More resources to accomplish more

June 29, 2011
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June 29, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

The work BCI does is unique and valuable. It is odd that Charity Navigator said they do not see audited financials on the website--I found them in BCI's annual report. I think BCI deserves a much higher numerical rating and I hope Charity Nav updates it soon when they do their annual check.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Texas, where there are a LOT of bats, has benefitted tremendously from BCI's work to educate the public to LOVE the bats, not FEAR them. Around the world, teaching communities to protect and strengthen natural resources (like BAT colonies) is the best way to keep Earth healthy.

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I hope someday there are international offices working with many more nations to protect bats!

June 2, 2011
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June 2, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I love the work this organization has done to try and save bats. From education and awareness to helping find a cure for White-Nose Syndrome. I've learned a lot from their outreach and hope to volunteer for them when I get the chance. I am proud to be a member and have no concerns when I donate to them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my new education about bats and resources I can use to help others.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the website more user friendly. I had issues finding things.

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