Bats on AZA website, July ‘12 Connect, Oct ‘12 cover and Spring ‘12 CEC Newsletter
1. Have your bat exhibits, bat-related education programs and any bat-related conservation programs promoted on these pages. Contact us
2. Become a Bat Conservation Partner
with BCI. We offer free advice, materials and promotion of your conservation work.
3. Plan your own Bat Appreciation/Celebration/Awareness event. Every year the second full week of April is International Bat Appreciation Week, and every year the Saturday of the last full weekend in August is International Bat Night, and many AZA institutions are cooperating to hold bat celebrations in October, but you can hold an event any time and as often as you like. To help, the AZA YOTB Team has developed an "Events Suitcase" (see below) with information and activities to help you plan your celebration.
Other great resources are here
4. Join the AZA Year of the Bat Team on Facebook and on the Bat Conservation Education Google Group. Instructions: Go to http://groups.google.com/group/bat-conservation-education?hl=en
or contact Diana Barber
for an invitation. Please note you will need to have or create a Google Account to join the group.
5. Encourage your staff and visitors to see bats at zoos and in the wild and attend bat education programs and workshops. More information is available under 'See Live Bats on Exhibit
', 'Attend Bat Education Programs
', and 'Bat Events
6. Read the 2012 Spring AZA Conservation Education Committee (CEC) Newsletter here
which includes articles about bats, AZA and Year of the Bat.
7. Read the Connect
article, July 2012, "North America's Largest Wildlife Crisis". Find it here
the incredible cover of Connect
, October 2012 (photo provided by BCI)
8. Learn from the Bat Panel Session presentations at the AZA Annual Conferences in 2011 and 2012 (Bats: New Threats, What is Being Done, and How You Can Help!), both available at http://www.aza.org/Proceedings/