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.
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.
The North American Society for Bat Research invites bids for hosting the 2016 annual meeting of the society. Eligible states, province, and territory are UT, AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX and all of Mexico. 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, 2013 to the NASBR Board of Directors Chair, Deanna Byrnes (via dbyrnes at carthage dot edu). Support for locating suitable venues and obtaining 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 San José, Costa Rica for a vote of member preference.
2013: August 11-15 NASBR 43 & 16th International Bat Research Conference, San José, Costa Rica. Conference website: IBRC 2013
2014: NASBR 44, Albany, NY, USA
2015: NASBR 45, Monterey, CA, USA
2016: Bids to host this meeting are currently being solicited
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.
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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.