Non-governmental organization partners

Alabama Bat Working Group
In summer 2009 the Alabama Bat Working Group formed a committee known as the Alabama White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) Management Team to develop a management strategy for this fungal pathogen and its deadly effects.
American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
Our Goals:
  • To enhance the contribution of veterinary medicine to the welfare of the wildlife resource.
  • To encourage and promote a philosophy of animal management and preventative medicine as it relates to free-ranging species.
  • American Society of Mammalogists
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 88,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services. Structured to work for its members, the AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession.
    Basically Bats Wildlife Conservation Society
    Basically Bats Wildlife Conservation Society is dedicated to public education, health and welfare, and the conservation of bats and other wildlife populations worldwide. We offer at least two annual $5,000 scholarships to U.S. and Canadian university students for white-nose syndrome research .
    Bat Conservation International

    Through our White-nose Syndrome grants program we provided initial funding for urgent research projects to allow them to get under way quickly. Now our funding efforts are shifting to support carefully targeted priorities based on priorities identified by the WNS science meetings and the emerging WNS national strategy.

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    Bat World Sanctuary
    Bat World Sanctuary provides public education programs to thousands of people each year at schools and community events, to raise awareness about the importance of bats and the devastating impact of WNS. In addition, through the National Stakeholder Committee, we are working with other partner organizations and committees on best management practices for wildlife rehabilitators and NWCOs.
    Bat World Sanctuary
    BiodiversityWorks is dedicated to providing local support for bat conservation efforts on the island of Martha's Vineyard, where breeding Northern-long eared bats still occur.
    Cave Research Foundation

    The Cave Research Foundation is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to

    • facilitating research, management and interpretation of caves and karst resources
    • forming partnerships to study, protect and preserve cave resources and karst areas
    • promoting the long term conservation of caves and karst ecosystem
    Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation
    Our mission is to conduct and encourage research on North American bats, by collaborating with students and other scientists, and to make our findings available to the scientific community and the public through technical and popular publications, teaching, and outreach programs.
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Ever since white-nose syndrome began ravaging populations in the eastern United States, the Center for Biological Diversity has been fighting to stem its spread by filing petitions and emergency requests to protect certain bats as endangered, including the eastern small-footed, northern long-eared and little brown bats.
    Colorado Bat Working Group
    The Colorado Bat Working Group White-nose Committee (CBWG WNC) was asked by the Colorado Multiagency White-nose Syndrome (WNS) Committee to provide guidance in determining significant, or biologically important, roosts used by bats in Colorado. Determination of such roosts may be integral to assisting with management decisions such as cave closures
    Ecohealth Alliance
    Ecohealth Alliance's goal is to better understand the dynamics of Geomyces destructans by investigating how and why it thrives. This will give conservation scientists the opportunity to develop targeted solutions to try and stop the fungus' spread. For over 40 years, EcoHealth Alliance continues its focus on the health of people, animals, and ecosystems.
    Ecological Society of America
    Earth stewardship involves shaping trajectories of social-ecological change at local-to-global scales to enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being. Over the next decade or two, society has a window of opportunity to radically redefine our relationship with the planet to reduce risks of dangerous global changes that could otherwise seriously degrade Earth’s life-support systems.
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    The Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats came into force in 1994 and until now a total of 36 out of 63 range states have acceded to the Agreement.

    Midwest Bat Working Group

    Northeastern, Southeastern, and Western bat working groups had been formed earlier to bring bat biologists and conservationists together to discuss mutual problems, collaborate on projects, and otherwise to move bat biology and conservation forward.

    Mississippi Bat Working Group

    The Mississippi Bat Working Group (MBWG) was formed at the Sixth Annual Southeastern Bat Diversity Network (SBDN) Meeting in 2001 by Chester Martin, Environmental Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. The group is modeled after the SBDN and shares the same primary goal of aiding in bat conservation through research and education.

    National Cave and Karst Research Institute

    The National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) is a non-profit government-supported institute headquartered in the City of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Its goals are to conduct, support, facilitate, and promote programs in cave and karst research, education, environmental management, and data acquisition and sharing.

    National Caves Association

    The National Caves Association is a non-profit trade association founded in 1965 by a small group of private show cave owners.  These initial members sought to bring together show cave owners and operators from across the United States to promote the show cave industry to the public, to share information and ideas, and to lobby for legislation favorable to the show cave industry.

    National Speleological Society
    With over 10,000 members and 250 grottos, the National Speleological Society does more than any other organization to study, explore, and conserve cave and karst resources; protect access to caves; encourage responsible management of caves and their unique environments; and promote responsible caving.
    National Wildlife Control Operators Association
    The association is organized exclusively as a mutual benefit non-profit trade association to assist persons or organizations providing commercial wildlife damage management and control activities. The association shall be active in training, educating and promoting competence, service and integrity to the members of the wildlife damage management industry.
    Natural Resources Defense Council

    NRDC works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends..

    New Brunswick Museum

    Within the NBM Collections and Research Centre, collections of provincial, national, and international significance are researched and interpreted by NBM staff, university students, and visiting researchers for the preservation and dissemination of New Brunswick history, culture, and natural history.  The Centre hosts researchers from around the world, responds to international queries abo

    North American Society for Bat Research
    The North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) is a society dedicated to the promotion and development of the scientific study of bats (Chiroptera) in all its branches, including conservation and public education.
    North Carolina Bat Working Group

    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).

    Northeast Bat Working Group
    The Northeast Bat Working Group (NEBWG) is comprised of agencies, organizations, and individuals interested in bat research, management, and conservation located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Virginia area regions.
    Northeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc.

    The Northeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (NCC) is a not-for-profit corporation committed to the conservation, study, management, and acquisition of caves and karst areas having significant geological, hydrological, biological, recreational, historical, or aesthetic features.

    Organic Trade Association

    The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 8,500 organic businesses across 50 states.

    Organization for Bat Conservation
    The Organization for Bat Conservation is dedicated to protecting bats and their habitats by dispersing funds to support WNS research, providing roosting alternatives, and enhancing communication among researchers, agencies, environmental organizations, and the general public.
    Prince William Network
    Prince William Network is the award-winning distance learning arm of the Prince William County Public Schools in Northern Virginia. From electronic field trips to on-line courses, Prince William Network productions provide the best in instruction for students and relevant, efficiently-delivered professional development for teachers and administrators.
    Society of American Foresters

    The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world.

    South Dakota Bat Working Group

    The purpose of the SDBWG is to work to protect bats and bat habitat through action, education and cooperation with Federal, State, Tribal, and private landowners.

    Southeastern Bat Diversity Network

    The Southeastern Bat Diversity Network was founded in 1995 at the North American Symposium on Bat Research (NASBR). Bat biologists, land managers and others interested in the conservation of bats that occur in the southeastern United States constitute the membership.

    Speleobooks travels near and far looking for new (and old) books and gifts for our customers. In recent years we have attended conferences in countries including England, Slovenia, Australia, Mexico and within the U.S. We continue to improve our website with updates every 4-6 weeks. We have a secure order form for internet shoppers.
    Texas Bat Working Group
    The Texas Bat Working Group (TXBWG) is a partnership of individuals, non-governmental organizations, universities, state and federal agencies interested in the conservation and management of bat species and bat habitat in Texas. We will collaborate to provide resources and opportunities for research, conservation and education.
    The Nature Conservancy

    The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

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    The Save Lucy Campaign
    The Save Lucy Campaign was created to raise awareness of white-nose syndrome and its devastating impact on North American bats. The Save Lucy Campaign is a 501c3 public charity supported by partners, sponsors, and collaborators.
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    The Wildlife Society

    Founded in 1937, the organization’s mission is “To inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation.” The Wildlife Society enhances our members’ networking and learning opportunities, professional and career development, and provides numerous ways for them to get more involv

    US Animal Health Association

    The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA), the nation's animal health forum for over a century, is a science-based, non-profit, voluntary organization. Its 1,100 members are state and federal animal health officials, national allied organizations, regional representatives, and individual members.

    Western Bat Working Group

    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

    Wildlife Conservation Society

    The challenges are greater than ever, but with the focus, dedication, and passion of a committed staff—combined with a unique mixture of field, zoo, and aquarium expertise—WCS will continue to set the bar for science, conservation action, and education that has driven our success in protecting wildlife and wild places for over a century.

    Wildlife Disease Association
    Our mission is to acquire, disseminate, and apply knowledge of the health and diseases of wild animals in relation to their biology, conservation, and interactions with humans and domestic animals.