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BATS Magazine

Volume 38, Issue 3, 2019

Profound Change

By Mike Daulton


This year marks two very special anniversaries for bat conservation. First, we’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of Bat Week—a week-long celebration of bats and the vitally important role they play in nature.

We’re also celebrating the protection of Bracken Cave Preserve, home to the largest bat colony in the world, with more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats.

Back in 2015, BCI, working with The Nature Conservancy, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, and many regional donors, acquired 1,500 acres of land surrounding Bracken Cave that was imminently threatened by development. As a result of this victory, we have been able to welcome thousands of visitors each year to the Preserve, inspiring a whole new group of people who value and support bat conservation.

Here at BCI, we’re working hard across the globe to rack up a string of impressive conservation victories just like the one at Bracken Cave. We’re protecting the world’s most important cave habitats, restoring habitats that are degraded or in danger, and helping every day to ensure the survival of these incredible creatures.

Our work here and around the world is not possible without your support. Together, we have the power to protect special places like Bracken Cave Preserve, and end bat extinctions worldwide.

Mike Daulton

BCI Executive Director

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