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 TNBWG is a chartered organization with a Chairperson, Recording Secretary, and five-member Board.
- The Charter was voted on and accepted by the membership on 1 July, 2004. Carver - Chair Campbell - Past Chair Dustin Thames and Daniel Istvanko - Members at Large
- Chairperson: Dr. Brian Carver, Tennessee Tech University
- Past-Chairperson: Josh Campbell, TWRA
- Recording Secretary: Cory Holliday, TNC
- Board Members:
- Emma Willcox,UTK
- Liz Hamrick, TVA
- Chris Simpson, TWRA
- Dustin Thames, TWRA
- Daniel Istvanko, TWRA
2015-2016 TNBWG Officers
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.
Past Meeting Agendas
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.
Specific objectives identified to achieve this goal are:
- Promote research on bats and their habitats throughout the state of Tennessee.
- Enhance knowledge and technical capabilities of state, federal, and private organizations and their personnel regarding the understanding of bats and their habitats in the state.
- Promote the conservation and management of bats in all phases of land and water development and management within the state.
- Increase awareness and appreciation of bat conservation and management within the public and private sectors.
- Provide information and technical assistance to Working Group members and others interested in bat conservation.
- Facilitate communication and information exchange among members of the Working Group through e-mail discussions, meetings, symposia, workshops, newsletters, etc
- Develop technical reviews, position statements, and other materials regarding bats and their habitats in Tennessee.
- Provide information and technical assistance to government officials, journalists, educators, other organizations, and the general public in the area of bat conservation and management.
- Make recommendations to government agencies and private organizations for specific actions regarding bats and their habitats.
- Support the Southeast Bat Diversity Network (SBDN) through attendance at annual meetings and workshops, and provide routine correspondence with SBDN officers regarding activities of the Working Group.
Membership in the TNBWG is available to any person who is interested in Tennessee's bats and is willing to support the goals and objectives of the TNBWG.
If you are interested in joining the TNBWG and receiving e-mails related to bats and bat work in Tennessee please email us at TennBWG@gmail.com
Contact Information:Chairperson: Josh Campbell