The mission of the NCBWG is to promote the conservation of bats and their habitats in North Carolina through education and collaborative study, including the dissemination of information on research and policies.
The co-chairs of the NC Bat Working Group are Lisa Gatens (NC Museum of Natural Sciences) and Mary Frazer (NC Dept. of Transportation).
The North Carolina Bat Working Group was formed in 2007. Our 1st meeting was held on Nov. 8, 2007 and was hosted by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission in Raleigh, NC. Thirty-six people attended the meeting, including representatives from 6 universities, 3 federal agencies, 5 state agencies, 3 private companies, and 1 nonprofit organization.
At this meeting, it was decided that the working group should have an organization structure similar to NC PARC and 3 primary committees were established:
- Education and Outreach
- Research, Inventory, Monitoring, and Management
- Policy and Regulation.
Each year since, the North Carolina Bat Working Group has had successful annual meetings with numerous attendees interested in bat research and education from around the state.