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Merlin Tuttle Day and Member Cruise

We had a wonderful time celebrating Austin’s bats and Merlin’s 82nd birthday during our annual Merlin Tuttle Day event and our member appreciation cruise! Merlin shares his special thanks to everyone who was able to join us and participated. For those of you who weren’t able to come, please enjoy these selected photos from both […]

Bat Henry – A Community Scientist Making a Difference


On arrival at the Selva Verde Eco Lodge in Costa Rica, Merlin and I immediately noticed an unexpected sight – a bat house with a sign and logo prepared by our soon-to-be guide and friend, “Bat Henry.” Our mission would have been impossible without his experienced guidance. His work is a testament to the power […]

My First Field Trip with Merlin

I just returned from a 10-day jungle adventure with Merlin. We were photographing rarely seen bats for our next educational program. Led by local bat enthusiasts, Henry “Bat Henry” Alfara and Emanuel Rojas, we sometimes had to hike miles to find the most needed bats. Bats were everywhere, if you knew where to look, but […]

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.