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BCI Bat Walks

BCI Bat Walks


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BCI Bat Ambassador graduates from Houston, Texas
Photograph by: M Gamba-Rios / Bat Conservation International

Sunset is just the beginning. Join us for a new kind of nature experience, enjoy bat watching in your own community.

In 2019 we are piloting a program of public bat walks led by trained BCI Ambassadors. Through this initiative, BCI will develop a network of trained volunteers who will provide interactive and in-person bat encounters in cities across Texas and Florida. Based on the existing success of bat walk programs in Europe and New York’s Central Park, BCI is committed to bringing these experiences to new locations in the United States. BCI’s program will offer highly effective, experiential ways to relay the importance of bats and threats to their survival to participants during intermittent stops along a walking route. Through physical participation, people will retain the information they learn through shared experience and then have an opportunity to teach others.

BCI will partner in the initial phase with zoos and nature center to access a trained network of staff, volunteers, and an already existing community of nature lovers who are predisposed to seek out wildlife experiences. BCI will provide the necessary tools and materials to our expert partners, such as bat detectors, which plug into a smartphone and are app-enabled, providing a hands-on experience to the public, enable them to visualize the secretive world of echolocation. We are thrilled about the emerging bat detector technology that enables everyone to experience bats – right in their own communities.

 

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Bat Walk Trainer identifies the nearby bat species using the Echo Meter Touch
Photograph by: M Gamba-Rios / Bat Conservation International



We are piloting our bat walk program in Texas, where BCI is headquartered. In Texas, there are 32 species of bats, more than any other state in the United States.

Bats can be found across the entire state of Texas, including in metropolitan areas and at many popular tourist destinations. In Florida, our initiative will support our Florida bonneted bat conservation work through a combination of community outreach and surveillance.

In 2019/2020 initial trainings will occur in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Miami. Our first official partner in this effort is the Houston Zoo, who has assisted in developing this program in a novel way as a leader in effective community engagement and developing conservation messages that resonate – both of which will be instrumental in piloting a nationwide program.

Look for a bat walk near you this summer hosted by one of our community partners in the pilot program cities!


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