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As the primary predators of night-flying insects, bats are crucial to the ecology, economy, and health of our shared world ecosystem. The Midwest Bat Working Group (MWBWG) provides a structure for coordination, collaboration, and communication among concerned citizens and professional biologists in state, federal, academic, and private organizations. The MWBWG is dedicated to the conservation of bats and their habitats, particularly in the Midwestern United States, and works to address bat-related issues with a regional approach. Although most participants are from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, membership is open to anyone who seeks to collaborate on research and management of bats or to promote conservation by enhancing public understanding of bats.


2018 Joint Bat Working Group Meeting Information:

The Midwest Bat Working Group is currently accepting applications for 2 student travel awards to the 2018 North American Joint Bat Working Group Meeting in Roanoke, Virginia on March 27-29th. Please see attachment for instructions on how to apply.

The Midwest Bat Working Group is also asking for nominations for the Dave Redell Lifetime Achievement Award. If you have someone in mind, please fill out the attached form

See North American Join Bat Working Group Meeting & 28th Annual Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern U.S. Abstracts and Announcement.


2018 Joint Bat Working Group Meeting

Please save the date for the 2018 Joint Bat Working Group Meeting, March 26th- 30th. The meeting will be held at Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia.


2016 MWBWG Meeting Webcasts


2016 MWBWG meeting webcasts can be found here.


NABCA Charter Approved

NABCA Charter Approved: The Steering Committee of the North American Bat Conservation Alliance voted unanimously to approve the attached charter on July 2, 2015.

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White-Nose Syndrome

A new film about fighting White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has been released by the U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with several state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations, “Battle for Bats: Surviving WNS.” The film focuses on bats as fascinating animals that are vital to our environment, the reality that we are rapidly losing millions of our bats to WNS, how state and federal agencies and NGOs are working together to combat the disease, and to how the public can become involved in bat conservation.

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome from Ravenswood Media on Vimeo.