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"The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world's bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet."

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IRS EIN: 74-2553144
Phone Number: 512-327-9721
Address: 500 N Capital of Texas Hwy Bldg 1
Austin, TX 78746
Austin is weird. And we love it. The city is famous for embracing its many different communities, including the more than 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that call it home. But being Bat City is not always easy. As the city grows, Bat Conservation International (BCI) is helping both our human and batty residents to adjust to living together in harmony. Working with property developers, councils and other Austinites, BCI is helping the city to build and grow in ways that help protect our nocturnal neighbors.

Austin has one of the most unusual and fascinating tourist attractions anywhere. The batty residents under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge attract more than 140,000 tourists to the city every year, generating approximately $10 million for the local economy. In fact, the city is now known around the world as one of the best examples of urban wildlife-friendly community. BCI education programs reach thousands of tourists and locals alike every year, helping to spread the bat conservation message here at home and all around the globe.

Impact Statement

Nothing beats the look on your child's face when they experience a wonder of nature for the very first time. Bats are one of those extraordinary animals, whose secretive habits and ability to fly, ignites a sense of adventure in many young minds.

Living in Austin, you may have been lucky enough to witness one of those sudden light-bulb moments in the eyes of kids when they first see the stream of bats emerge from the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Those moments are growing more important every day, as bats across Texas are in urgent need of community support to fight against habitat destruction and misguided myths and fears.

We here in Austin are in the unique situation where we can make an impact, not just here at home for bats, but across the world. The tens of thousands of people that flock to Austin to see our famous bridge, and engage with BCI's education staff, take home a new appreciation for bats. The power of this experience is enormous, and as Austinites we need to not only protect our local bats for their own sake, but also for the ambassador role they have.

Needs Statement

You can help protect the home of Austin's bats and ensure that as city grows, it does so in a bat friendly manner. With many development projects in central Austin on the horizon, there is an increasing need for Bat Conservation International to work with our local partners and governments to ensure that our bats are protected. Working with developers to ensure bat safe building codes and practices are incorporated in plans to protect both our bats and the community is essential.

You can also help us to build much needed support for bats in Austin and in communities around the world by helping to fund our community programs. Continuing our work to educate local community groups, schools and tourists at Congress Ave Bridge is key in ensuring the future for our bats. BCI staff and volunteers spend summer nights at the bridge, educating the 140,000+ annual visitors about the biology, behavior, value, and history of the bats. With our roots planted firmly in the Austin community (our headquarters have been in the city for over 30 years!), BCI wants to continue to make Austin a model city for coexisting with wildlife.
"Thanks for all you do for the still woefully underappreciated bats of the world" - Ruth

"I respect and support BCI more than any other bat-related organization" - Averell

"Wonderful work on behalf of the bats we love - we're so thankful for dedicated people like you!" - Deborah

"Thank you all for all you are doing!!!" - Gary

"Please tell everyone to keep up the good work. I really appreciate what you are doing. I'd hate to not have bats in my life." - Margaret
The Shield-Ayres Foundation has offered a $11,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating environmental organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.