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Wednesday, February 19 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Connecting People to Bats: Tools for an Immersive Experience

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Bats worldwide face many threats, including habitat loss, hunting and anthropogenic disturbance. In North America, bats are additionally threatened by mining, wind turbines, climate change and diseases, such as white-nose syndrome. To face these challenges, any successful conservation effort requires the involvement of the community and education of the general public. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Bat Conservation International will present our initiatives to create awareness, from traditional ecological education to a more personal experience, sparking a connection with bat conservation. Furthermore, we will discuss the use of newly-affordable technology to provide hands-on experiences that visualize the hidden world of echolocation. We will address how to scale these initiatives at both local and national level, and demonstrate how these initiatives provide everyone the opportunity to connect with bats.

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Megan O’Reilly

Montana Department of Fish Wildlife & Parks
Megan received her master’s degree in fish and wildlife management in 2012 from Montana State University where she devised methods for conducting occupancy surveys for mountain ungulates. Megan has worked in various parts of Montana, Antarctica and Africa. She is currently a wildlife... Read More →
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Erin Cord

Bat Conservation International
Erin joined the Bat Conservation International staff in 2019 and is thrilled to be coordinating BCI’s new Bat Walk Program. Erin double-majored in Wildlife Conservation and Entomology from the University of Delaware and received her Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology from the... Read More →
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Melquisedec Gamba-Rios

Bat Conservation International
Melqui has studied the ecology and conservation of bats for over 10 years. Originally from Colombia, Melqui conducted his undergraduate and most of his research work in Costa Rica. He recently completed his doctorate from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he investigated... Read More →

Wednesday February 19, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Aurora Room

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