Welcome to Year of the Bat 2011 - 2012

Year of the Bat is sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS). Please join us today in promoting bat conservation, research and education around the globe.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

North American bat research symposium gives Year of the Bat extra boost

Dear Year of the Bat friends and supporters,

Greetings from Denver International Airport, from where I am writing to you on my way back to Year of the Bat headquarters.

On short notice and in order to promote Year of the Bat, I attended the 40th annual symposium of the North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) that took place this week in Denver, Colorado. And the response that Year of the Bat received there was overwhelmingly positive. In the coming days, we will be able to announce new Year of the Bat partners from both the government and NGO sides.

What I am very happy to announce already is that the NASBR Board of Directors agreed on the spot for NASBR to become an official Year of the Bat partner.

A heartfelt welcome to Year of the Bat, NASBR!

Other great news... in the presence of our first Honorary Ambassador, Dr. Merlin D. Tuttle, I had the great pleasure to announce on behalf of EUROBATS and my dear colleague, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of UNEP/CMS, two new Honorary Ambassadors for Year of the Bat: Prof. Paul Racey (UK) and Dr. Rodrigo A. Medellin (Mexico), both outstanding and well known experts in international conservation and research.

Pictures and detailed information will soon be posted on the Year of the Bat website.

Stay tuned, dear readers, Year of the Bat keeps on rocking!

Thank you all for your continued support,

Andreas Streit
Executive Secretary


  1. It was terrific to hear the news of Year of the Bat at NASBR! As a teacher, this is incredible news and I am excited to start planning for our Year of the Bat activities and celebrations! Thank you for including NASBR.

  2. Dear Kelly,
    Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm! Our beloved bats need persons like you all over the world. Let's work together!
    Thank you again and best wishes,