Volume 36, Issue 2, 2017

Bright Future

Young entrepreneur turns to social media to raise money for bats


Bat flying in the sky
Alena created popsicle stick and pipe cleaner
dragonflies to raise money for BCI
Courtesy of Ashley W. Colon

When 7-year-old Alena Colon found out the fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome had reached Texas, she knew she had to do something to save her beloved bats.

Alena, who has been passionate about science since she was 3 years old, and is currently deciding between a career as a marine biologist or a mammologist, devised a plan to help the bats. Along with her younger sister, Alena created popsicle stick and pipe cleaner dragonflies to raise money for BCI.

The young entrepreneur utilized social media to advertise her goods (with the help of mom) and was able to raise over $80 to help protect bats from threats like White-nose Syndrome.

Alena continues to work to spread her love and appreciation of bats. Young conservationists like Alena give us hope that the future of bats is a bright one. Way to go Alena!

 

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