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. evening bat

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.

Upcoming Events

The 2019 meeting will be held at Henry Horton State Park on Thursday November 21st. There will be a pre-meeting social on Wednesday night at Pavilion 3 from 6-9.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Henry Horton State Park Inn. Please use the group number 4297 when making reservations.

NOTE: We have implemented registration costs to help meet meeting expenses and fund a cash award for the top student presentation.

The registration fee will be $10, and will be collected at the meeting in the form of cash or a check made out to the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network (or SBDN). Early registration will also be available via the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network Website. The registration costs are for professionals only - there is no registration fee for students.

Anticipated meeting time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Central Standard Time.

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!

Bat box contents

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.

Recent Events

Annual Meetings

The 2017 TN Bat Working Group Meeting was held Thursday, Nov. 16 in Sewanee, TN at the Sewanee Inn..

Thanks to all who made it out.We had a fantastic meeting with almost 60 attendees accounted for. Thanks also to each of the speakers who provided engaging and informational presentations on bats in and around TN.

2017 Meeting Agenda

2017 TNBWG Meeting

The working group elected three new board members and a secretary. 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.

More details on White Nose Syndrome in Tennessee can be found at the TNBWG WNS page. National information can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service WNS website and Fact Sheet.


Current WNS Distribution Map

note: for the most up to date map please check the USFWS website

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Bat Conservation International have also produced a Story Map describing the spread of this deadly syndrome across the United States.