Its hard to believe, but this past January marked my two-year anniversary as the Executive Director of BCI. As with most anniversaries, I have taken some time to pause and reflect on these past two yearsour successes, our challenges, and, most notably, what we have learned to continue our growth as an impactful conservation organization.
Thinking about this, it is actually quite simple; effective conservationlike every good planneeds a clear roadmap.
For example, take our new Jamaican initiative. Were working with our partners in the Jamaican government to protect critical habitat for bat species. With your support, weve been able to construct a conservation roadmap that our partners are using to secure the purchase of Stony Hill Cavethe last known roost of some of the most endangered mammals on earth.
Time and time again, it has become clear that a strong roadmap enables us to translate the support of our members into tangible results for bats. From protecting the worlds largest maternity colony of bats at Bracken Cave, to the purchase of Nakanacagi Cave in Fiji, to our landscape-scale bats and agave initiative, to our new endeavor in JamaicaI couldnt be more proud of what our organization has been able to achieve.
As you may know, 2019 marks the end of BCIs current strategic plan. We are busy at work on our next 5-year plana roadmap that will ultimately provide a clear path to delivering world-class conservation where bats need it most. And I couldnt be more excited to let you, our supporters, know how we plan to continue to make the world a better place for bats and for the many parts of nature they help sustain.
Weve had many great wins in just the last 12 months, and I cant wait to see the positive impact we will make in the year ahead.
Because were just getting started.
BCI Executive Director