Again in 1984, BCI has reached millions of people with facts about bats. One hundred thousand copies of our U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded brochure, “Bats & Their Conservation,” were distributed and one million copies of the “Bacardi Bat Booklet” were printed. Over 400 copies of our U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded slide/tape program, “Saving America’s Bats,” are in use in nature centers, parks, zoos and schools, and many BCI members are lecturing with them as well.
BCI information and assistance has been utilized by numerous other organizations. The National Speleological Society has produced a new brochure, “Bats Need Friends.” For the first time, World Book Encyclopedia’s, Science Year, contains a section on bat values and conservation needs. Several states have published booklets with similar emphasis.
In the United States, BCI members and staff generated articles in numerous magazines, including: The American Biology Teacher (Oct.), Audubon (Sept.), Defenders (May), Discover (May), Learning (Oct.), The New Yorker (Nov. 26), Outdoor California (Sept./ Oct.), Ranger Rick (May), Scholastic Science World (Nov. 16), Smithsonian (Jan.), Massachusetts Wildlife (Jan./ Feb.), and World (Oct.). In other countries our articles reached as far as Thailand.
Bat conservation programs aired internationally on “Voice of America” and in the U.S. on national radio and television. Stories about values and conservation needs of bats appeared in many hundreds of newspapers worldwide, including such U.S. papers as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, New York Times, U.S.A. Today and Washington Post.
Thus far in the Australian flying fox emergency, we have sent news releases to more than 40 Australian newspapers, as well as to radio and television stations. Our newsletter devoted to the problem was sent to some 300 conservation organizations worldwide, and was reprinted and distributed in Australia. This generated widespread publicity and many letters of protest to Australian politicians.
Finally, BCI assisted numerous government officials and conservation organizations worldwide and responded to thousands of information requests from private individuals. We have hardly begun to meet the many urgent needs of bat conservation, as illustrated in our current and past articles on bat decline. Nevertheless, your membership dues and contributions have enabled us to make a great deal of progress, and we hope you are proud of what we are accomplishing with your help.