Rob Mies is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, located at Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He started working with bats in 1992 at Eastern Michigan University studying the endangered Indiana bat in the swamps of Michigan. His research has also taken him to other parts of the Midwest, Central America, Australia, and the Mauritius Islands in the Indian Ocean. Rob co-founded the Organization for Bat Conservation in 1997 to educate people about the uniqueness and importance of bats. The Organization for Bat Conservation is the largest grassroots bat conservation organization in North America. The organization presents over 1,500 award-winning live animal programs each year around the United States. Since 2002, the Organization for Bat Conservation has collaborated with the Cranbrook Institute of Science to open the only public display of bats in Michigan called the “Bat Zone.”
Rob Mies is the author of several scientific papers, along with the book “Understanding Bats” (1996), and the producer of OBC’s award-winning video “Bats: The True Story” (1998). Rob also co-wrote the field guide “Beginner’s Guide to Bats” (2002) and the children's book "Bats A to Z" (2013). Rob was featured in television documentaries by Paramount Pictures “Wild Things” (1997), Germany’s “Nature Adventure” (2002), Korean Broadcasting Association's "Return of the Documentary" (2012), and National Geographic Television's "America the Wild." He has been a guest on The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Martha Stewart Living, and the CBS Early Show. In addition, Rob Mies is an advisor and member of the American Zoological Association Bat Taxon Advisory Group, North American Society for Bat Research, Midwest Bat Working Group, and the Michigan Bat Working Group.
Organization for Bat Conservation
@ Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Ave; PO Box 801
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
Email: rmies at batconservation.org
Office: (248) 645-3128