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No group of mammals has been more misunderstood, needlessly feared or intensely persecuted.  Relying on a powerful combination of science, field knowledge and photography, MTBC is helping save millions of bats, protecting public health, economies and worldwide ecosystems by teaching people to live harmoniously with bats through Merlin’s one-of-a-kind experience.

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Bat Fan Member

A  pocketed free-tailed bat (Nyctinomops femorosaccus) in Arizona. Portraits


Bat Fan Member benefits include:

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  • The Bat Flash

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Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) portait from Canada. Portraits


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  • 80% discount on world class photos

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An adult male eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis) in Florida. Portraits


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  • Free access to 20 photo downloads of your choosing

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The Short-eared or Percival's trident bat (Cloeotis percivali) has a unique, three-pronged nose leaf. It is tiny, weighing just 4-5 gms, and is sparcely distributed from the Congo and Kenya to South Africa. It forms colonies of from 20 to 200 in a relatively few caves. These bats rely on extra high frequency echolocation (above 200 kHz) as an apparent means of escaping detection by moths which appear to be its primary or exclusive prey. Portraits


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  • 10% discount on MTBC merchandise
  • The Bat FlashInvitations to join Merlin for chartered bat watching cruises at Austin’s famous Congress Avenue Bridge
  • Website acknowledgement

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All Leadership Member benefits Plus:

  • Notification of opportunities to participate in field workshops and activities with Merlin
  • Free signed book by Merlin Tuttle (new members only)

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A grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) in Australia. Portraits


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  • First notification of opportunities to participate in field workshops and activities with Merlin

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Joining MTBC means that you have made a special commitment to help:

  • Protect bats and secure their environments.
  • Teach others about bat values and why we need them.
  • Combat needlessly negative claims.

Help Us. Help Bats. Help You.

  • If you see a need to help bats in your community, tell us.
  • If you have suggestions for how we can improve our efforts, let us know.
  • If you see an exaggerated story scaring people about bats or a great story promoting the value of bats, share it with us.

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