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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.

Attend a Student Mixer!

The Midwest Bat Working Group is pleased to provide a student professional development opportunity at the 2017 meeting. Student Members will have the opportunity to meet with professionals to discuss natural resource careers in a casual atmosphere over free* lunch. An array of professionals representing universities, consultants, non-profits, and state and federal agencies will be on-hand to talk in small-group settings. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore different options and ideas for your career paths. This is just one perk of becoming a student member of MWBWG!

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Dave Redell Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Request

The Midwest Bat Working Group is seeking nominations for the Dave Redell Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award honors an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary, long-term commitment to promoting and preserving bats in the Midwest through research, conservation, education, or other creative projects.  Any MWBWG member from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, or Wisconsin is eligible to be recognized.

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MWBWG Student Travel Award Call for Applications 2017

The Midwest Bat Working Group is accepting applications for a new student travel award.  This award is intended to promote student attendance at the annual MWBWG meeting by offsetting the cost of travel and registration.  The award will be granted to one student, and will include:

  • registration and 2017 MWBWG membership fee waived
  • $200 to assist with travel costs to meeting

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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.

More details will be available at a later date.

2017 MWBWG Meeting

We are happy to announce the 2017 MWBWG meeting in Madison, Wisconsin April 6-7th 2017 at the Pyle Center. A block of 45 rooms will be reserved at the Lowell Center, 610 Langdon Street, which is conveniently located one block from the Pyle Center.

You can make on-line reservations at the Lowell Center by following this URL (case sensitive): You’re also welcome to call (608) 256-2621 to make reservations, please refer to the group code: MIDBAT The rate is $82/night and the room block will be released four weeks prior to the arrival date.

Learn more or download the meeting announcement and call for papers.

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.