Your help with any of these special needs will directly improve BCI’s ability to protect bats and bat habitats. To contribute or for more information, contact BCI’s Department of Development or call (512) 327-9721.
Bat Protection for Cameroon
The Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon are noted for their biodiversity, but also for their increasing human inhabitants. Bat populations have been declining there for decades as forests are lost to pastures and farms, bat hunting increases and harmful myths lead to persecution. Ngalim Franklin Njaiwo is leading Bats' Safe Zone, an ambitious project that hopes to use radio-based public education as a springboard for restoring and protecting at least one tract of land for bats. Njaiwo plans a yearlong series of weekly "Let's talk about bats" radio programs with interactive features and small prizes to explain how people benefit when bats are conserved. And the team hopes to map a "safe zone" where 2,000 trees will be planted and human development will be banned. Bats' Safe Zone seeks a Global Grassroots Conservation Fund grant of $1,994.
Managing Bracken Bat Cave
BCI owns and conserves not only Bracken Bat Cave, but 697 surrounding acres of ruggedly beautiful Hill Country landscape just outside San Antonio, Texas. Our recently updated management plan for the site, summer home to millions of Mexican free-tailed bats, requires extensive and precise mapping to identify critical features and habitat that must be protected, as well as invasive plants that interfere with the ecosystem and need to be removed. To accomplish that, we must replace our aging GPS unit to ensure that features are accurately located. A Garmin GPSMAP 62s will do the job for $452.98.
Workshop Gear for Southeast Asia
SEABCRU (the Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit) plans a series of four bat-research workshops as part of its annual meeting in 2013. A key goal of this multinational network, which includes BCI, is the training and nurturing of young scientists and conservationists who will carry its mission into the future. One of the workshops, in Cambodia, will focus on flying foxes, which face major threats throughout the region. Binoculars are required for studying these bats, and the workshop will need 12 of them. In a region where research funding is always limited, workshop graduates will keep the binoculars for scientific endeavors. Each pair of binoculars costs about $270, for a total of $3,240.