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.

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?

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll assist you.