Media & Education
Volume 34, Issue 3, Summer 2015
Bats at the White House
At this year’s Easter Egg Roll, bunnies had competition from bats
BCI and the Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC) were invited to join the family fun at the White House’s annual Easter event to promote the benefits of bats and other wildlife in sustainable agriculture.
More than 35,000 people gathered on the South Lawn to join in activities with the President and the First Lady. While we were sad not to receive a visit from the much sought-after couple, we enjoyed talking with the thousands of people interested in bats. Attendees met four different bat species up close, including a very popular Malayan flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus), and gained an appreciation for how bat conservation is connected to healthy human lifestyles.
The theme of this year’s White House event was “#gimmefive,” which encourages Americans to share with others five things they are doing to lead a healthier life. It was all a part of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, which promotes healthy lifestyles in children.
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