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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.

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2016 MWBWG Meeting Webcasts


2016 MWBWG meeting webcasts can be found here.

9th Annual Indiana Bat Festival

September 19, 2015

The Indiana State University Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation will be hosting the 9th Annual Indiana Bat Festival on 19 September 2015 from 10am-4pm at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. We invite people to join us for a day of lectures by guest bat experts, demonstrations with live bats and raptors, children’s activities, and educational exhibits. Our goal in hosting this free festival every year is to educate folks about bats and to get them excited about bat conservation. Download a poster for the ISU Bat Center Festival. The theme for the 2015 festival is “Bats on the Farm”, so we’ll have presentations focusing on the economic importance of bats, bat box design, and gardening for wildlife. Evening events will take place at Dobbs Park in Terre Haute starting at 6pm. There we will have a live raptor demonstration, an obstacle course where children can learn what it is like to be a bat biologist, nature hikes and other educational activities. The annual festival is funded solely through donations and no amount of support is too small!

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14th Annual Great Lakes Bat Festival

Cranbrook Institute of Science
Science Night: September 25: 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
September 26: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Each year we celebrate the unique role of bats at the Great Lakes Bat Festival. Learn why bats are important to the Great Lakes and how they keep us healthy. Spend time exploring ways you can use your backyard to help the environment and bats at the same time. You will look at bats in a way like never before!

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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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