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.
- Chairperson:Dustin Thames, TWRA
- Past-Chairperson: Dr. Brian Carver, Tennessee Tech University
- Recording Secretary: Liz Hamrick, TVA
- Board Members:
- Dave Pelren,USFWS
- Sara Samoray, BDY Environmental LLC
- Kitty McCracken, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Scott Hollis, UTK
- Daniel Istvanko, TWRA
- 2019 Meeting Agenda
- 2018 Meeting Agenda
- 2017 Meeting Agenda
- 2016 Meeting Agenda
- 2015 Meeting Agenda
- 2014 Meeting Agenda
- 2013 Meeting Agenda
- 2012 meeting agenda
- 2011 meeting agenda
2019-2020 TNBWG Officers
The 2019 TN Bat Working Group Meeting was held Thursday, Nov. 21 in Chaple Hill, TN at Henery Horton State Park..
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.
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: Dustin Thames