Happy Holidays, Bat Fans! December 2016 Newsletter
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2016, a good year!

The Bat Scan Project continues to make excellent progress. Additional thousands of Merlin's Kodachrome bat slides have been scanned in recent months. As these decades-old slides age they deteriorate, so scanning is our first priority. Once the slides are scanned and key-worded in our system, the process of editing, captioning and organizing them into quickly searchable databases is still a time consuming endeavor. We currently have more than 1,700 images of 260 species conveniently posted and searchable. And in just six months we've already supplied approximately 2,000 requests from 300 users in 26 countries. These photos have provided a basis for major bat exhibits from the U.S. and Europe to Asia and Africa and have educated millions of people through news media and science publications. We look forward to sharing hundreds of additional scans early in 2017.

In the year ahead, we'll begin incorporating our unique images into special programs for children, educators and a variety of additional users. We deeply appreciate donations from our Bat Fan members who are making so much progress possible.

Merlin Tuttle's Keynote Address at NASBR Symposium 2016
Merlin delivered the Keynote address for the
46th annual North American Society of Bat Research Symposium in San Antonio this October.
Watch and 
read about it here

Fun fact: Merlin has attended every single NASBR meeting!

Update about monitoring the
impact of WNS
We've added unique bat merchandise to our website
just in time for the holidays...

Greeting cards, post cards, mugs, puzzles, and last but not least, PRINTS
Janell Cannon's Stellaluna is a powerful tribute to the impact of positive bat photos.
Our Bat Fans continue to defend bats by responding to Bat Flashes.
We've recently issued one addressing irresponsible disease speculations and another addressing a popular magazine story recommending bat eating. Thank you for your participation!
Enjoy Merlin's bat photography every day of 2017 with this new calendar.
Click here to get your copy
Merlin Tuttle introduces the importance of conserving bats
Merlin was asked to provide this brief, pre-recorded introduction to the importance of bats as an opening for government officials attending a workshop in Algeria. Read more...

Here's a rare opportunity to own original bat artwork by Fiona Reid.
Make your bid before December 27th!
More positive attention for bats in the media, thanks to Mother Jones.
Listen to the 40 minute Halloween interview with Merlin on their Inquiring Minds podcast, and send them a thank you note!
Merlin participated in a round table at the Vatican. Read more...
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