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Bat-Friendly Farming: An Aid to Sustainable Agriculture

Thirty-six attendees from eight states attended our second annual “Join the Nightlife” workshop, a unique collaboration organized by Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation (MTBC), in partnership with Swift River Pecans and Bat Survey Solutions. Participants praised it as a resounding success that left them with a newfound passion for conservation and sustainable agriculture. Troy Swift, owner […]

Join the Nightlife! And Discover the World of Bats and Pecans​

Earlier this year, we partnered with Bat Survey Solutions to survey for bats at Swift River Pecans, where MTBC is currently testing characteristics of bat house success in Texas. The goal was to identify bat species using native pecan forests and cultivated orchards and to document their role in agricultural pest control. We identified seven species using mist nets, harp […]

Bat Flash! Unveiling the Real World of Bats in a Time of Misinformation

The avalanche of speculative reports associating bats with COVID-19 seems never ending. However, at a time of scary misinformation, bat researchers and conservationists worldwide are discovering new reasons to appreciate bats, some decades in the making. In Central America, researchers from the Free University of Berlin analyzed communication between bat mothers and their pups. Just like […]

Michael Lazari Karapetian

Michael Lazari Karapetian has over twenty years of investment management experience. He has a degree in business management, is a certified NBA agent, and gained early experience as a money manager for the Bank of America where he established model portfolios for high-net-worth clients. In 2003 he founded Lazari Capital Management, Inc. and Lazari Asset Management, Inc.  He is President and CIO of both and manages over a half a billion in assets. In his personal time he champions philanthropic causes. He serves on the board of Moravian College and has a strong affinity for wildlife, both funding and volunteering on behalf of endangered species.