The WBWG arose from an effort in 1994-96 to develop a range-wide conservation strategy for Townsend’s big-eared bat, Corynorhinus townsendii, as part of a proactive conservation approach to preclude formal listing of the species as threatened or endangered. Since that time, our members have been engaged in various conservation efforts including
- the development and revision of bat species accounts,
- the development of bat survey matrix, and
- the writing and implementation of an Action Plan for the Board of Officers.
The WBWG consists of a Board of Directors made up of representatives from each of 15 states, three Canadian provinces and two Canadian territories. An elected president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and two at-large representatives oversee the organization. WBWG members meet biennially and hold monthly conference calls to discuss various business items. Additionally, we meet annually in conjunction with the North American Symposium on Bat Research. Funding for bat conservation work accomplished by the WBWG is generated by state and federal land management agencies, non-governmental organizations, and individual members.