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Now available: our updated bat house guide!

The Bat House Guide

The Bat House Guide (local bookstore link) combines the wisdom of America’s most experienced bat house pioneers and innovative builders worldwide. It is the definitive resource for bat house information. Dr. Tuttle and Danielle Cordani share their findings from surveys of thousands of houses, explaining apparently conflicting results and opinions, and suggesting areas for further experimentation. Guided by dazzling photographs, readers will not only discover bat houses from all over the world but learn how to construct and mount their very own. The book also includes builder’s plans, key criteria for success, novel options, suggestions for experimentation, and frequently asked questions.

Informative, striking, and always illuminating, the combination of scientific discovery with spectacular photography continues to inspire appreciation of the fundamental contributions of bats to ecosystems and economies—and why we need to protect them.

Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species

Using 373 of Merlin’s bat photos a new 400-page book produced by Quarto Publishing in London titled, Bats: An Illustrated Guide to all Species was published in April 2019. It will be printed in at least nine languages, in the U.S. by the Smithsonian Institution. It is affordable to the public due to MTBC waiver of royalties. As Science Editor, Merlin has had major influence in ensuring an accurate, conservation-relevant presentation.

The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals

Merlin’s book, The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals, was released on October 20, 2015, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Amazon featured it on its top-10 book list in non-fiction, and it received uniformly outstanding reviews, including in The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, National Geographic Book Talk, and Nature.  Sharing highlights from a lifetime of adventure and discovery, Merlin takes readers to the frontiers of research and discovery, replacing the fear of the unknown with a profound appreciation for these long-neglected but essential animals. More than 50 media interviews reached tens of millions of people worldwide with his message about bats.

America's Neighborhood Bats

Since its first publication in 1988, America’s Neighborhood Bats has changed the way we look at bats by underscoring their harmless and beneficial nature. In this second revised edition, Merlin Tuttle offers bat aficionados the most up-to-date bat facts, including a wealth of new information on bat house design and current threats to bat survival.

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.