Your membership support is invaluable to our mission to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. We’ve included the most frequently asked membership questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I become a member?

    Bat Conservation International (BCI) has been a leader in the conservation of bats and their ecosystems for more than 30 years. To be on the front lines of bat conservation takes considerable resources. When you join BCI, you provide critical, ongoing investment in proven, research-based solutions in preventing bat extinctions, such as protecting and restoring bat habitats, conducting field research to find solutions to the most critical threats, and training the future generation of field experts in bat conservation.

    As a member, you also have access to member-only benefits.

  • What are the benefits of membership?

    • Free subscription to our award-winning BATS magazine, published three times a year
    • Updates on our conservation efforts in our monthly e-newsletter
    • Exclusive invitation for you and a select number of guests at Bracken Cave
      • Members supporting BCI with a $45 annual membership and those who have added an annual membership to an adopt-a-bat may bring up to 3 guests.
      • Members supporting BCI monthly or with a $60 or more annual membership may bring up to 5 guests. These members will also have earlier access to register for a Bat Flight.
    • Discounts on select BCI Merchandise at batcon.org/shop.

    *Benefits are subject to change

  • How do I schedule a visit to Bracken Cave Preserve?

    Members have the opportunity to attend a bat flight at Bracken Cave Preserve during the bat flight season (May – September).  Details on scheduling a visit are available at batcon.org/membernights.

    • Members supporting BCI with a $45 annual membership and those who have added an annual membership to an adopt-a-bat may bring up to 3 guests.
    • Members supporting BCI monthly or with a $60 or more annual membership may bring up to 5 guests. These members will also have earlier access to register for a Bat Flight.
  • When does my membership expire?

    Monthly memberships and annual memberships with auto-renewal will expire when you tell us to cancel your membership.

    Annual memberships expire in February of each year. We shifted to a February renewal cycle to save time and money. We invest the savings directly into our essential work of conserving bats so your membership can have maximum impact. This also enables us to focus funding efforts at different times of the year for specific, time-sensitive projects, without causing confusion to our members and donors.  If you choose autorenewal on your annual membership, your credit card or bank account will be charged for renewal one year after your initial auto-renewal membership donation, regardless of the month.

    If you need to give your annual membership dues during December or another time of year for tax implications or budgetary reasons, please let us know and we will work with you to make sure your member benefits continue uninterrupted. Please email membership@batcon.org.

  • How do I change the credit card or bank I use for my monthly membership or auto-renewal membership?

    To change your credit card or bank information for your automatically renewing or monthly membership, please email membership@batcon.org so we can contact you for the updated information.

     

  • How do I cancel my membership?

    We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you need to cancel your membership for any reason, please email membership@batcon.org.

  • What if I have a question not listed here?

    Email membership@batcon.org and we’ll assist you.