Welcome to the Tennessee Bat Working Group
The Tennessee Bat Working Group (TNBWG) was formed in the summer of 2004 in recognition of the need for cooperation among various groups and individuals to help coordinate the conservation of bat species in Tennessee.
The scope of the TNBWG is the study and exchange of information relative to the conservation, biology, ecology, and management of bats and their habitats on all state, federal, and private lands within the state of Tennessee. The goal of the TNBWG is to conserve bats and their habitats in the southeastern United States through collaborative research, education, and management with a focus on bat research, conservation, education, and management within the state of Tennessee. Find more TNBWG information and details about upcoming meetings on the "About" page of this site.
The Southeastern Bat Diversity Network's annual Bat Blitz is coming to Tennessee!
The 2018 blitz will be held at the University of The South in Sewanee, TN, July 23-27.
More information coming!
If you have upcoming bat related events here in Tennessee that you would like to share with the TNBWG here on our website, please contact us!
Bat Boxes Available!
The TNBWG created outreach boxes full of hands-on teaching aids about bats for teachers and other environmental educators. In these boxes, you will find books for all age groups, along with bat skeletons and preserved guano samples. Demonstrate how scientists catch bats with mini mist-nets. Show kids the diversity of food types eaten by bats with a bat lunch box. Do you know how big the largest bat is? Show kids the almost 6-foot wingspan with a felt bat. Learn more at our Resources for Teachers page!
Working group members present a bat program for Vanderbilt's School of Science and Math.
A bat presentation was given at the Williamson County Library by Sara Samoray and can be viewed Here on YouTube.
The working group held a bat blitz at Edwin Warner Park in Nashville on May 16th. Unfortunately, low temperatures cut the night short with only 1 capture of a Tri-colored bat and several acoustic recordings of Red bats. Despite the low captures, It was a really good experience and we appreciate the cooperation of Nashville Metro Parks staff and all that attended.
2017 TNBWG Meeting
The 2017 TN Bat Working Group Meeting was held Thursday, Nov. 16 in Sewanee, TN at the Sewanee Inn (1235 University Ave, Sewanee, TN 37375).
2016 TNBWG Meeting
The annual meeting of the Tennessee Bat Working Group was held on November 17, 2016 at Montgomery Bell State Park.
Thanks to all who made it out.We had a fantastic meeting with almost 90 attendees accounted for. This was one of our best meetings ever,thanks the meeting sponsors: TDEC ,TWRA,, and TVA as well as the sponsors of the social: Copperhead Consulting and Third Rock Consulting. Of course none of this could have happened without the dedication of the TNBWG officers, notably outgoing chair Josh Campbell who took on extra duties and responsibilities to make this meeting a resounding success. Thanks also to each of the speakers who provided engaging and informational presentations on bats in and around TN.
The working group elected two new board members. You can learn more about the board on our About page.
White Nose Syndrome
Described by some biologists as the most precipitous wildlife decline in the past century in North America, White Nose Syndrome (WNS) has killed more than 1 million bats since it was discovered in 2006.
WNS gets is name from the white fungal growth typically found on the face and wing membranes of infected bats.
Current WNS Distribution Map
note: for the most up to date map please check the USFWS website