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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 18, NO. 3 Summer 2000

Progress in Australia

Terry Wayne Cloutier, a BCI member since 1994, shared this letter, which he wrote to Robert Carr, Premier of New South Wales, Australia.

Dear Premier Carr:

My daughter just returned from a month-long trip to Australia as part of a People-To-People student ambassador program. She had a wonderful time and learned a mountain about your country. She was very intrigued by your wonderful people and your wildlife. We have videos and photos galore! We are considering coming over to visit Australia next summer on our family vacation as her passions have infected us!

With the strong wildlife heritage that your country has, I hope you and your people will continue that tradition and protect the flying foxes. Bats are a unique creation that should have a bright future ahead, but do not always. I strongly urge protection of these integral parts of the Australian heritage and landscape.

Yours in Conservation
Terry Wayne Cloutier

Editor's Note:
Many thanks for your letters to government officials on behalf of flying foxes. A moratorium has been declared, halting the killing of flying foxes at the botanical gardens in Melbourne, pending investigation of alternative solutions to bats roosting where they are unwanted. The government of New South Wales has announced low-interest loans to fruit growers for purchase of exclusion netting to prevent flying fox damage to crops—a solution that offers orchardists and flying foxes a real chance to coexist. We also are informed that grey-headed flying foxes likely will receive additional protection through a "vulnerable" listing later this year in the states of New South Wales and Victoria. Letters of international concern have been very helpful and are much appreciated.

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
Ghana's Treetop Bats
The Media Blitz that Treatened Bats
Swamp Bats
Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Partners in Action
Join BCI in the East African Wilderness: A 2001 Field-Study Safari to Kenya
BCI Invites Award Nominations
Distinguished Service Award Presented to Fred Stabler
Progress in Australia
Live Action Bats on the Web
International Year of the Bat
Australasian Bat Conference Award
Student Scholarships Available
Cayman Follow-Up
BATS of the United States. 2000
New Scientific Advisors. 2000
New Editor of BATS Magazine
Masters of the Night
Wish List
The Art of Giving: Conservation-Style

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