The proceedings of the Pacific Island Flying Fox Conference sponsored by BCI in 1990 were published this summer by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Growing international concern about flying fox extinctions and declining populations throughout the Pacific motivated the historic gathering, which was attended by representatives from 14 island nations and by bat biologists worldwide. The two-day conference emphasized the importance of bats to local island ecosystems and was aimed at helping people from the islands secure a better future for their bats.
The 176-page report contains 25 papers delivered at the conference. Divided into five sections, the report covers the background of the problem, threats, population status, policies and protection, and finally, education and the future.
Copies of the proceedings may be obtained by writing to: Publications Unit, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Arlington Square Bldg., Mail Stop 130, Washington, D.C. 20240. Ask for "Pacific Island Flying Foxes: Proceedings of an International Conservation Conference," Biological Report 90(23), July 1992.