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BCI honored twice in the U.S. Forest Service's "Wings Across the Americas" Awards

BCI honored twice in the U.S. Forest Service's "Wings Across the Americas" Awards

Award nomineesBat Conservation International and our partners were recognized last week with two U.S. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas Awards for our contributions to the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) and Project EduBat – Education Taking Flight!   

The awards were accepted on behalf of BCI by Mylea Bayless, BCI Senior Director of US/Canada Conservation (pictured third from left) at the awards ceremony held in Omaha, Nebraska, as a part of the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. 

The North American Bat Monitoring Program won the Research Partnership Award. The program aims to tackle the unprecedented threats that bats face from habitat loss and fragmentation, white-nose syndrome, wind energy development, and climate change.  The North American Bat Monitoring Program documents the impact of stressors on bat populations, identifies priority species for conservation actions, and measures the effectiveness of agencies’ conservation and management actions to mitigate stressors. Partners include the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Department of Defense, Canadian Wildlife Service, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, with assistance and input from many additional scientists and natural resource managers from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

“The ability to track and monitor trends in our North American bat populations is a huge leap for conservationists and managers. We are losing bats at an alarming rate due to impacts from white-nose syndrome and other stressors” said Bayless. “NABat is a tool that will allow us, for the first time ever, to track bat populations at a continental level. BCI is proud to have contributed to the development of this tool and we will continue to work with our partners on its implementation.”

Kids looking at bat skeletonThe second award for BCI was in the category of Bat Conservation.  The award went to Project EduBat – Education Taking Flight!  The project advances bat conservation and management through robust environmental education efforts.  The work taps the skills of the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, Project Underground, National Cave and Karst Research Institute, Bat Conservation International, and Prince William County Schools. Together, they have developed a wealth of new curriculum materials and resources for both formal and non-formal educators, including the only existing activity about White-Nose Syndrome.




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