Bat Conservation International’s mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. Based in Austin, Texas, BCI is devoted to conservation, education and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve. It was founded in 1982, as scientists around the world became concerned that bats, which are crucial for maintaining the balance of nature and the health of many human economies, were in alarming decline. Under the founding guidance of Dr. Merlin Tuttle, an internationally recognized authority on bats, the organization achieved unprecedented progress by emphasizing sustainable uses of natural resources that benefit both bats and people.
BCI’s conservation efforts have resulted in permanent protection for many of North America’s most important remaining bat caves, saved millions of bats from being accidentally buried during mine-safety closures and led to creation of the first national park in U.S. history to protect a tropical rainforest.
BCI has proven that bats and people can live together in harmony, with great mutual benefit. Bats are an irreplaceable and invaluable natural resource that simply must be conserved. Nevertheless, they still rank among the world’s most misunderstood and endangered wildlife. Hence, BCI’s continuing mission.
Check out Bat Conservation International at http://www.batcon.org/. They have tons of excellent info including an introduction to bats as well as material about North American bats and a section showing you where you can see bats around the world for yourself.
To become a BCI member, make a donation, or adopt a bat click here.