In late July, some of our BCI team attended the 18th International Bat Research Conference in Phuket, Thailand. The five-day conference was filled with exciting talks and workshops from fellow bat researchers, conservationists and partners. Over 400 delegates attended the meeting, representing 41 different countries.
BCI program staff gave talks on several BCI initiatives: cave conservation in the Caribbean, endangered species surveys in Rwanda, and our bats and agave program in the southwest United States and Mexico. We also picked up some fun new bat facts: according to Dr. Nancy Simmons from the American Museum of Natural History (and BCI board member), there are now 1,406 described bat species in the world! We look forward to hearing about new bat discoveries and research at the next International Bat Research Conference, to take place in 2022 in BCIs backyardAustin, Texas!