Photographing Painted Bats

To find Painted Bats, villagers took us to their rice paddies in small carts pulled by tiny “tractors” that looked like a tiller on two

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Merlin Gets Artsy

Since our return from Ecuador in June, Merlin has been adding titles and captions to the 7,000 images taken on that trip for National Geographic,

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Back Story for BAT ECHO

The National Geographic Society BAT ECHO team is reunited, Ralph Simon having arrived in Ecuador a week after Merlin and me.  At the University of

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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.