Working at BCI and I cannot say enough about what a great organization it is--we really do work so very hard to protect the bats of the world--mostly by engaging local support. When communities everywhere discover the VALUE and VULNERABILITY of bats, they become bat conservationists.
Bat Conservation International is an amazing place to work. The staff cares deeply about programming, our partners around the world are amazing, and the wildlife professionals we work witn across the USA are doing such important work in National Parks, National Forests, Tribal Nations, and many other wild spaces.
They are a wonderful group of bat experts from around the world that work together to help conserve bats. They offer training programs and grants to help bats. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department stated they are bats experts. BCI and Fish & Wildlife Services are currently the two main bat expert groups who are helping bats with White Nose Syndrome.
It is so important to publicize the plight of bats. They are not only wonderful creatures, but very important to our ecosystem.
I joined BCI in the mid nineties and they were wonderful back then and for many years. Their work was commendable and I always knew where my money was going when Merlin Tuttle was at the helm. However, I have not seen the same leadership or quality of work since his departure. I hope this changes in the near future. It would be a shame to see Tuttle's amazing life work, and all the good he did for bats, go the way of fat pay checks for staff now. Very disheartening.
BCI was the first international organization helping bats and works in a broad spectrum of ways to protect them through education, research, fundraising, conservation efforts and acting as an information clearing house, among other activities. I have always found this organization to be ambitious, reliable and effective. This is a crucial go-to resource for anyone interested in bats and I refer people to their website regularly. I have found their personnel to be helpful, knowledgeable and courteous. This organization gets an A+ in my book, and for that reason, I donate as much as I can to them and have done so for many years. Thank you for the great and important work. Keep at it as bats are the most crucial of creatures.
Love their work. My one comment for staff: wish you were better at thanking people... I did a birthday fundraiser that raised almost $1000 which I then matched, and I got a form letter almost 4 months later, nothing else. A small thing, but it mattered to me how hard I worked to get that gift; it should matter to your development staff, too.
thank you bat conservation for showing the world that bats ARE beautiful ♥
the world of bats
to some so strange
a world of fear
a world deranged
but in the dark
can you see
what they consider
as it glows and leads
so they can be bats
and help us humans
as they play♥
Bats are beautiful when you know how to see them♥ karen lyons kalmenson
Bat Conservation International is an evidence-based, highly effective organization working to halt the destruction of bats by habitat loss, environmental damage, and ignorance. Their research and educational activities are desperately needed now that chemically-dependent agriculture is failing so spectacularly and mosquito-borne diseases are spreading further and further from the equator.
As a member of the Bat conservation Trust and a bat carer with my local bat group, i am well aware of the problems facing about a quarter of all bat species worldwide. The greatest number of species live near to the equator, where they face the greatest threat, destruction and fragmentation of their habitats and overhunting by humans who are ignorant to their status and importance.. Bat Conservation International does a fantastic job in many countries that have little in the way of local groups dedicated to conservation. They help local groups to educate people about the importance of bats and to gather important data about the distribution of species that we know next to nothing about. Without Bat Conservation International many people accross the world would remain ignorant of the wonder and importance of these much misunderstood creatures. With education comes understanding and ultimately a new generation of humans dedicated to helping bats to survive.
There is just something special about organizations which care about the least among us or those that others may ignore. Bat Conservation International, Inc. does such a wonderful job of letting the public know how important bats are to us and why they are as deserving of our love and protection as any other animal. I applaud their efforts and support them. I have to admit I was a big vampire fan so I was always fond of bats, but understanding the real plight of these maligned creatures has made me even more concerned for their survival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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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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 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.