The North American Society for Bat Research promotes the study and conservation of bats by facilitating communication and collaboration among scientists, educators, and the general public. The society holds an annual meeting called the North American Symposium on Bat Research, usually in October. Although most attendees reside in North America, the society welcomes participants from all areas of the globe.


  • Hurricane Willa is on track for the Mexico coast near Puerto Vallarta.  Current projections have the storm path bearing well north of the city and most of the precipitation is likely to be over by Wednesday.  

    The conference is still on as scheduled and the hotel is prepared with emergency generators if needed.  We expect that the days of the actual conference will have little precipitation other than seasonal evening showers.  

    The airport in Puerto Vallarta is currently open with no plans to cancel any flights.  However, the decision to cancel/postpone flights is made by the airline itself.  You may wish to contact your airline to check the status of your flight and to arrange for alternatives as necessary.

  • The NASBR 2018  Program and Abstracts are now available. (updated October 19th)

  • NASBR 2018 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The 48th Annual NASBR Meeting will be held in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, 24-27 October 2018 at the Westin Resort and Spa. Information about the meeting, registration, as well as tour and workshops is now available in the 2018 link above.
    NEW!  Additional Mist Netting session added for Friday 26th.

  • Meeting Sponsorship: We welcome sponsors for the 2018 conference. If you are interested, please contact the Sponsorship Committee.

  • Ombudspersons.  As part of an effort to create an environment in which members feel comfortable reporting potential violations of NASBR by-laws or policies, two Ombudsperson positions were approved by the Board in Knoxville last year. Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell and Mr. Terry Zinn were appointed by the Board as our first Ombudspersons.

  • Nominations for Board of Directors. NASBR invites members to submit nominations to be part of the governing Board. This year we will elect three Regular and one Student Representative to the Board. Each nomination must have a sponsor who is a current member of the Board. See the Nomination Form for more details. The deadline for submitting a nomination is September 1. Extended to September 7th.

  • Workshops/Organized Sessions: Interested in organizing a workshop, or organized session for the 2018 conference? Please email the Program Directors by May 1st (submission for the 2018 conference has now closed).

  • $1 million in Grants Available for WNS Treatment. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service have partnered to create a new competitive grant program called the Bats for the Future Fund (BFF). There is an upcoming grant round soliciting proposals to deploy or test treatments for white-nose syndrome and the fungal pathogen that causes it to fight the disease that is decimating bat populations in North America.

NASBR 2018
Puerto Vallarta Mexico
October 24-27





Invitation to Host the 2021 NASBR Meeting (EAst Region):

The North American Society for Bat Research invites bids for hosting the 2021 annual meeting of the society. Eligible states, provinces, and territories are those east of the Mississippi river. Intention to bid should email the Program Directors, who will provide detailed advice on bid preparation. Final bids must be submitted by August 1, 2018 to the Chair of the NASBR Board of Directors. Additional information can be found on this website under the Host a 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 Puerto Vallarta for a vote of member preference.

Upcoming Events

NASBR 2018 Symposium
October 24-27, 2018
Puerto Vallarta, JA

NASBR 2019 Symposium
Oct. 23-26, 2019
Kalamazoo, MI

NASBR 2020 Symposium
Oct. 28-31, 2020
Tempe, AZ

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