2023 State of the Bats
The North American Bat Conservation Alliance released the first ever State of the Bats Report, announcing the latest conservation findings for the continent’s bats including population & biodiversity changes, top threats, and ecological & economic benefits.
Top threats to bats include White-nose Syndrome, habitat loss, drought, wind energy production, and climate change.
Because bats provide vital ecosystem services like pest control, pollination, and seed dispersal, it’s imperative to conserve the 154 species living on the continent.
View the State of the Bats report
March 27-28, 2023 - Champaign, Illinois
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