Mission: The Save Lucy Campaign was created to raise awareness of white-nose syndrome and its devastating impact on North American bats by:
1) Engaging young people to take action on behalf of vanishing bats;
2) Empowering young people by providing tools and information with which to effect change and action;
3) Providing accurate and timely information to concerned citizens, especially those who normally have no voice in wildlife management decisions;
4) Providing conservation education to persons of all ages and abilities;
5) Supporting research and other projects that protect bat populations threatened by white nose syndrome through public awareness, funding, and captive bat management
Results: We reach over 3,000 people per year with our local education programs. We have been featured in the media. We partner with other small nonprofits to help each other raise awareness of bats, bat conservation, white-nose syndrome, and care and compassion of all wildlife. We saw over 100 bats last year as part of our rescue efforts. We presented two bat rehabilitation workshops. We doubled our volunteer crew with amazing and passionate people.
Target demographics: Our educational efforts are geared to grades 2-6, however, preschool teachers have made use of our site to good effect. Several areas of the website are targeted to adults and give a higher level of information.
Save Lucy the Bat is a fantastic organization, as committed to bats as it is to education. Leslie brought bats to our educational summer camp. This program appealed to all 75 campers ages 8-17. We talked about the science of bat detectors, conservation, the role of bats in the ecosystem and even farms, and research in progress to help bats in Virginia and all over the world. The kids could not stop talking about and looking for bats for the rest of camp - and a few campers got over their fear of bats. Thanks to everyone at this organization and everyone who supports it!