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. The society holds an annual meeting called the North American Symposium on Bat Research, usually in October, of professional bat researchers from throughout North America, with occasional attendees from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.


NASBR introduces the inaugural issue of Lasiurus the society newsletter. Interested in submitting an announcement or article for the next issue of the newsletter? Contact the editor, Erin Gillam, at erin dot gillam at ndsu dot edu.

NASBR invites proposals for symposia, workshops and special sessions for the upcoming conference in Monterey, CA. Interested individuals should contact the progran directors (Gary Kwiecinski via Gary dot Kwiecinski at Scranton dot edu or Frank Bonaccorso via bonafrank at yahoo dot com) by June 1, 2015.

NASBR invites nominations for the 2015 Spallanzani Award. Nomination forms should be submitted to the Spallanzani Award Chair (Erin Gillam via erin dot gillam at ndsu dot edu) by March 31, 2015. See the Spallanzani Award page for details.

Upcoming NASBR Meetings:

2015: October 28-31. NASBR 45, Monterey, CA, USA

2016: October 12-15. NASBR 46, San Antonio, TX, USA

2017: October (dates tbd). NASBR 47, Knoxville, TN, USA

2018: NASBR 48, bids solicited from the West region

Invitation to Host the 2018 NASBR Meeting (West Region):

The North American Society for Bat Research invites bids for hosting the 2018 annual meeting of the society. Eligible states, provinces, and territories are those west of Ontario in Canada, US states west of the Mississippi, and all of Mexico (see map below). Intention to bid should be communicated to one of the Program Chairs (Gary Kwiecinski via Gary dot Kwiecinski at Scranton dot edu or Frank Bonaccorso via bonafrank at yahoo dot com). Program chairs will provide detailed advice on bid preparation. Bids must be submitted by June 1, 2015 to the Chair of the NASBR Board of Directors, Al Kurta (via akurta at emich dot edu). Support for locating suitable venues and obtaining hotel bids is available - contact Shahroukh Mistry (mistrysh at butte dot edu). Additional information can be found on this website at the Host a Future NASBR Meeting tab. The NASBR Board of Directors will evaluate bids and successful bids meeting the basic criteria of the society will be placed before the members of the society at the NASBR business meeting in Monterey for a vote of member preference.

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You can make donations to help support our society. By following the link below, you can donate to any of the following:

The Bernardo Villa Fund supports NASBR's Villa Award for outstanding research by a Mexican student, providing travel, lodging, banquet, and registration costs to attend a NASBR meeting.

The Karl F. Koopman Fund supports NASBR's Koopman Prize, which is awarded at each annual meeting for the best student paper in systematics or zoogeography.

The Spallanzani Award Fund pays the expenses for distinguished scholars from outside North America to attend the NASBR meeting.

The Teacher's Workshop Fund supports the education of local teachers, right in the city where the annual conference takes place.

You can support NASBR directly, to help us cover the costs of our annual meeting as well as the important research we support.

You can donate at any time, so there's no need to wait for the next meeting. Your generous contributions to these funds are sincerely appreciated. NASBR is a 501(c)3 non-pofit organization. All contributions to NASBR funds are tax deductible.

About Tom Kunz:

As many of you know, Tom Kunz was critically injured after being hit by a car on October 26 while attending the Toronto bat conference. The best way to get updates about Tom's recovery, or to send a note to his friends and family is through the Caring Bridge website.

A new fund has been established in Tom's name at Boston University that will be a permanent endowment to support graduate education in ecology. You can support by making a donation to the Kunz Fund

One of Tom's passions is mentoring students around the world and facilitating capacity building for bat research. An initiative to further this goal has been established and will provide students in developing countries copies of the Kunz and Parsons methodology book. This initiative is being spearheaded by BCI and more information about the Kunz Parsons Project and how to donate is available on the BCI website.

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