• Backyards: Not Just For the Birds

    You might not see them very often unless you happen to glance up at dusk, but your own back yard is a valuable resource for your friendly neighborhood bats. […]

  • Putting a Price Tag on Cambodian Bats’ Worth

    Bats and caves go together like peas and carrots, and farmers in Cambodia benefit from this pairing via the free pest control that bats provide. But what happens when this landscape begins to undergo a dramatic transformation?&nbs […]

  • Groundbreaking New Projects Bring Hope for Bats

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced more than $1.36 million in grants to launch the most aggressive effort ever to develop new scientific breakthroughs in the fight against White-nose Syndrome.&nbs […]

  • It Takes a Village

    When it comes to sustainable conservation, sometimes the strongest tools in your arsenal are your ears.         &nbs […]

  • Balancing Bats and Divine Beings

    Cave research in eastern India is examining how religious tourism can co-exist with important bat habitat.                                                                                   […]

  • $76,000 Research Grant Awarded to BCI to Battle WNS

    Grant supports efforts to conserve vital bat species 10 years into the fight against the deadly fungus threatening their survival.   &nbs […]

  • Putting Technology to the Test

    BCI's wind energy team and partners work together to test new technology in real-world conditions.             &nbs […]

  • From the Field: Of Woodrats and Men

    Long days and even longer drives, we’re on the road with BCI’s Subterranean Team to get a closer look at the important work they do to protect critical bat habitat.                                &nbs […]

  • What's in a Name?

    Revising the taxonomy of a bat species can be difficult. Enter the Yoda bat.                  &nbs […]

  • Blinded by the Light

    When people think of pollution, they typically conjure up images of smoggy skies and brown clouds billowing out of factory smokestacks. Not lights.&nbs […]

  • Newly Discovered Blue Tarantula a Beacon for Invertebrate Conservation

    Walking through the jungle in the dark of the night, my visual stimuli were limited to the area illuminted by the small, bright beam of light from my flashlight. On nights like these, I am out scanning for nocturnal biodiversity. Specifically, as the herpetologist for the Biodiversity Assessment Team, a joint conservation research team through Read mor […]

  • A Day in the Field – Colombia

    By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientists (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) The past two months I spent in the field finalizing research sites and setting transects for my Ph.D. work in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Although we traverse across properties and elevations every few days, below is what an “average” day looks like. Read mor […]

  • Photo story: Creating a protected area plan for Indio Maíz

    Over the past month members of the GWC team have been working with local people on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua to create a community-driven, protected area management plan for Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. The reserve forms part of one of the five biggest forests remaining in Central America and is home to Baird’s Tapir, Read mor […]

  • Bat Appreciation Month winds down (but our appreciation does not)

    Bats get a bad rap. Not only thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but more modern depictions and myths shed a dark and eerie light on these flighted mammals. However, aside from the few hematophagic species (which is definitely a diet straight out of a horror film, but bares no real danger to humans), there is Read mor […]

  • Saola: The tip of the Annamites extinction iceberg

    The Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)—a primitive wild cattle species endemic to the Annamite mountain range of Vietnam and Lao PDR—is on the verge of extinction. In a recent letter published in the journal Science, a group of conservation scientists call attention to the critical situation of the species and a bold new plan to save it Read mor […]

  • The Gateway Plastic

    My husband always says that no one likes to be “should upon.” You know–“you should do this,” “we should do that.” I hate to admit it, but he’s right. In general, people reject being told what to do, myself included. So how do you tell people to clean up their act in order to save Read mor […]

  • From Words to Visuals: Re-thinking the Protected Area Management Plan

    Protected area plans are often long, complex documents that may just end up sitting on the shelves and unused. Over the coming weeks, GWC aims to take a novel approach to the standard protected area plan by developing a plan that is entirely visual, transcending language barriers and accessible to anyone who stands to gain Read mor […]

  • T-shirt Benefits Hippie Monkeys

    Darwin wrote in The Voyage of the Beagle at length about his first impressions upon observing the preponderance of life in Brazil’s forests, saying, “delight itself, however, is a weak term to express the feelings of a naturalist who, for the first time, has wandered by himself in a Brazilian forest.” It’s pretty clichéd to Read mor […]

  • Boar, Bear, Bird and Bat: Maintaining Healthy Forests in Nepal

    The relationships between animals, plants, their habitat, humans and the planet as a whole are complex and we are only starting to understand these connections. What is clear, however, is that wildlife play a key role in maintaining the health of their forest habitats, even in helping to restore a forest after natural processes threaten Read mor […]

  • A Bean in Borella

    I had just finished a pleasant—no, horrible—5k on the most hated machine of any oarswoman/man, the erg, when my phone started lighting up like a malfunctioning Christmas light. It was fellow GWC associate conservation scientist and Small Cat Advocacy & Research (SCAR) co-founder Ashan on the other end, informing me about a kitten that was Read mor […]