About the Western Bat Working Group

The WBWG grew from an effort in 1994-96 to develop a range-wide Conservation Strategy for Townsend's Big-eared Bat as part of a pro-active;conservation approach;to preclude a formal listing of the species as threatened; or endangered. Since that time, our members have been engaged in a variety of conservation efforts including:

Developing and revising bat species accounts;

Developing bat survey matrix;

Writing and implementing an Action Plan for our Board of Officers.

The WBWG consists of a Board of Directors made up of representatives from each of the States and Provinces. The organization is headed by an elected President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two at-large representatives. Elections are held every two years. Our By-Laws. Each State and Provincial working group has a web-site linked to this page.

The WBWG membership meets biennially as a group. Our last meeting was in Austin, TX on April 15-18, 2009. In addition, we meet annually in conjunction with the North American Symposium on Bat Research. We also hold monthly conference calls to discuss various business items.

Become A Member: Membership in the WBWG is open to anyone who is interested in participating in bat conservation. There are no membership fees or dues. There are currently more than 450 members. Funding for bat conservation work accomplished by the WBWG is generated by State and Federal land management agencies, non-governmental organizations, and by individual members.

Newsletter:Check out the WBWG Newsletter. It contains all kinds of interesting information from the States and Provinces.

The WBWG also has a Listserv site available. The Western Bat Working Group Listserv is open to everyone that would like to send and receive information and news regarding bats in the west, and for disseminating news and events for the WBWG. For more information about how to subscribe to and use the Listserv, click on LISTSERV.

Papers of Interest in Bat Conservation:This section of our website is a place where you can browse through recent grey literature and draft reports produced by members. The WBWG assumes no responsibility for the content of these papers.


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