Frequently Asked Questions about Membership at BCI

Your membership support is invaluable to our mission to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. After several years assessing BCI’s membership, we’re making some small shifts to our program to ensure your membership donations have maximum impact.

What’s changing about BCI’s membership program?

We’re streamlining our membership program so that your membership dollars can do the most good for bats.

• Memberships will now be renewed the same time each year, rather than the month you joined. Starting in 2020, members will be asked to renew in February of each year. Your renewal materials will provide additional details.

• You will continue to receive those benefits you love the most: BATS Magazine, the e-newsletter, and your annual invitation to Bracken Cave.

Why did you decide to move the renewal cycle?

This shift is meant to streamline our approach to membership—saving both time and money which we will re-invest directly into the essential work we do conserving bats. This also enables us to focus funding efforts at different times of the year for specific, time-sensitive projects, without causing confusion to our members and donors.

What does this mean for me?

Nothing about your membership is changing, except for the time that you renew. In February of 2020, look for your renewal information in your mailbox or email—and expect it to arrive at that time in future years. If you still have questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Does this mean I should wait until February 2020 to join or renew?

In 2019, you should still renew during your normal renewal month. To ease the burden during this transition, those who join for the first time between October 2019 and January 2020 will be gifted their 2020 membership and won't be asked to renew until February of 2021. Similarly, those members who are scheduled to renew between October 2019 and January 2020 and renew on time will be gifted their 2020 membership and be asked to renew again in February 2021.

Does this mean I can only join in February?

You can join BCI anytime and know that your membership contribution will be put immediately to good use. Regardless of when you join, you’ll be asked to renew in February of the following year.

What if I need to give my membership dues during December or another time of year for tax implications or budgetary reasons?

Let us know and we will work with you to make sure your member benefits continue uninterrupted. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Will my dues change?

Your dues will not change (unless you decide). The only thing that changes for you is the date that you renew your membership.

Why support BCI?

Bat Conservation International (BCI) has been a leader in the conservation of bats and their ecosystems for more than 30 years. To be on the front lines of bat conservation takes considerable resources. When you join BCI, you provide critical, ongoing investment in proven, research-based solutions in preventing bat extinctions, such as protecting and restoring bat habitats, conducting field research to find solutions to the most critical threats, and training the future generation of field experts in bat conservation.

What if I have a question not listed here?

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Mission & Vision


"The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet."

BCI is dedicated to the enduring protection of the world’s 1300+ species of bats and their habitats and creating a world in which bats and humans successfully coexist. In pursuit of this vision, during the next five years BCI will work worldwide at scale with local, regional, national and multinational public and private partners to respond rapidly and effectively to bat conservation crises, preventing the extinction of threatened bats and the extirpation of globally significant populations of bats.

  • Identify, prioritize and begin conserving the world’s most “Significant Bat Areas."
  • Respond strategically to broad, irreversible threats that impact bats at multiple locations around the world.
  • Build a global network of conservation biologists, NGOs, corporations, public agencies, local communities and regional bat scientific networks to address global issues impacting bat species.
  • Create the first actionable global bat inventory and conservation database.
  • Empower the next generation of bat conservationists and scientists through strategically targeted scholarships and grants.
  • Stimulate research on the most pressing scientific questions relating to the lasting protection and value of all bat species.
  • Work throughout the world to develop the public policy frameworks needed to safeguard bats.
  • Educate key communities and the public at large on the importance of bats, raising their profile as an order of mammals worthy of concerted attention and action.





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