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 at (512) 327-9721 or email@example.com.
Benches for Bracken
Now that BCI has reinstated Member Nights at Bracken Cave Reserve, we need to provide seating around the mouth of the cave so visitors can safely watch the bats’ evening emergence. For $100 each, you can provide benches made of beautiful Ashe juniper (known locally as “cedar”) that was removed from the Bracken property as part of our habitat restoration project. For only $200, you can donate a bench that will bear your name on a plaque – and provide reserved seating for your Bracken visit.
Restoring and studying the 697-acre Reserve, meanwhile, requires a great deal of equipment that needs protection. We desperately need a 500-square-foot storage shed, with a price tag of $5,000.
Bringing Bat Research to Serbia
Scientific knowledge of the 29 bats species of Serbia is scant and largely superficial, while public attitudes are filled with fearsome old myths. Biologist Jelena Burazerovic, of the University of Belgrade’s Department of Animal Ecology and Geography, is working to change that by training and empowering a new generation of bat scientists and conservationists. Among other things, she plans to integrate bats into the curriculum of a university course on urban ecology in hopes of motivating students to study bats. Burazerovic proposes a series of workshops where students and volunteers will learn research techniques and the systematic use of bat detectors, then follow the workshops with field research on the distribution and numbers of Serbian bats. And budding conservationists will learn how to educate the public about the values and needs of bats. To help with this unprecedented bat-conservation effort for Serbia, she requests a BCI Global Grassroots Conservation Fund grant of $4,690.
Fun Facts About Bats
Filled with “gee-whiz” facts about bats, BCI’s little wallet-size Important Bat Facts brochures are very popular educational tools for bat exhibits, presentations, classrooms and parties. Some people even hand them out to Trick or Treaters at Hallowe’en. But we are about to exhaust our supply of these handy teaching tools. Help us spread the word. We need $2,750 to reprint 20,000 of these brochures.