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2021 Midwest Bat Working Group VIRTUAL Meeting & Poster Session

  • 04/08/2021
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Gather.town Virtual Meeting Platform


  • Free meeting registration for current Regular/Professional MWBWG members with paid 2021 membership dues.
  • Regular/Professional registration for attending the 2021 MWBWG Virtual Poster Session. No membership.
  • Free meeting registration for current Student MWBWG members with paid 2021 membership dues.
  • Student registration for attending the 2021 MWBWG Virtual Poster Session. No membership.

Thank you to everyone that joined us and participated in the meeting!

We look forward to seeing you all in-person in 2022!

2021 MWBWG Virtual Meeting Program

2021 MWBWG Virtual Poster Session Abstracts

2021 MWBWG Virtual Meeting Gather.town Screenshots

2021 Student Award Winners - Congratulations!





We invite you to join us for the 13th Midwest Bat Working Group Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 8th, 2021. This virtual meeting will bring together biologists, private and public land managers, private consultation organizations, educational institutions, and citizen scientists from across the Midwest.

Program Overview

Call for Abstracts

Poster Guidelines

Awards for Students

Download Virtual Meeting Announcement & Guidelines

Time and Location

The virtual meeting will be hosted using the online platform Gather.town. The meeting will be held on April 8th, 2021 from 1pm – 4:30pm EST (12pm – 3:30pm CST).

NOTE: Links for logging in to the meeting were emailed to all registered participants.

Registration and Membership


This year your meeting registration will be FREE with your 2021 new or renewed MWBWG membership!

A meeting registration code will be sent to you once your membership dues are processed. Use this code to complete your registration for the annual meeting.

A receipt of your transaction will be sent to the e-mail address on file.

If you want to attend the virtual meeting but do not want to become a member, registration options for non-members are also available.

Registration for the virtual meeting will be open until COB April 7th, 2021. Early registration is encouraged.

Meeting registration options include:

  • FREE Professional Meeting Registration for Current 2021 MWBWG Members (a registration code will be provided to members with paid 2021 membership dues)
  • Professional Meeting Registration Only = $25
  • FREE Student Meeting Registration for Current 2021 MWBWG Members (a registration code will be provided to members with paid 2021 membership dues)
  • Student Meeting Registration Only = $15

Program Overview

The virtual meeting will consist of a live, virtual poster session, virtual networking and social spaces, and the MWBWG business meeting.

Welcome 1:00 - 1:15pm EST (12:00 - 12:15pm CST)
Poster Session 1 1:15 - 2:30pm EST (12:15 - 1:30pm CST)
Poster Session 2 2:30 - 3:45pm EST (1:30 - 2:45pm CST) 
Business Meeting, Awards & Closer 3:45 - 4:30pm EST (2:45 - 3:30pm CST) 

Call for Abstracts

All abstracts will be for poster presentations LIVE at the virtual meeting.

Your poster session presentation time will be specified in the agenda that will be sent to registrants prior to the meeting on April 8th. We highly encourage professionals, students, and researchers to submit abstracts for live, virtual poster presentations and be available at their assigned presentation times.

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, March 1st, 2021 at 5pm EST (4pm CST).

All presenters must register for the meeting. Abstracts should include name, organization, address of authors, and a title. Underline the name of the author who will be presenting the poster. The Abstract should 1) state the principal objective(s) and scope of the investigation, 2) briefly describe the methods employed, 3) summarize the results, and 4) state the principle conclusions. The abstract should be less than 300 words.

Follow these format guidelines when preparing your abstract (see example below):

  • Title should be all capital letters, bold, and centered at the top of the page.
  • Include names and current addresses of authors after the title (and underline presenter's name).
  • Italicize addresses of authors.
  • Use 12-point Time New Roman font.
  • Use 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • Left justify authors and text only.

Email abstract submissions with subject line labeled "2021 MWBWG abstract" with attachment of abstract in Microsoft Word format to BOTH: Dr. Allen Kurta (akurta@emich.edu) & Dr. Joe Johnson (jjohnson@ohio.edu). Deadline March 1, 2021.




Michael T. Mengak, Steven B. Castleberry, and W. Mark Ford.  D.B. Warnell School of Forest Resources,

University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 (MTM, SBC); USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station,

Newton Square, PA (WMF)

Poster Guidelines

  • Overall size should be 12x9 inches.
  • Title should be capitalized with lettering around 32-point font.

  • Authors and affiliations should be in upper- and lower-case around 20-point font.

  • Text lettering should be at least 14-point font.

  • Most posters should include the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Literature Cited.

  • Keep written text to a minimum. “Bullets” and short phrases are most effective.

  • Gather.town (virtual link to come) will be open 24 hours prior to the meeting for familiarization of the virtual space and for you to practice with a friend.

  • Posters will be due March 26, 2021 (submission instructions to follow upon abstract acceptance).

Awards for Students

To be eligible for a cash award, please indicate if you are a undergraduate student or graduate student when you submit an abstract. We will give an award to:

  • Best Undergraduate Student Poster
  • Best Graduate Student Poster

We hope to see you soon!

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