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Volume 38, Issue 1, 2019

Reflecting on Success

By Mike Daulton


It’s hard to believe, but this past January marked my two-year anniversary as the Executive Director of BCI. As with most anniversaries, I have taken some time to pause and reflect on these past two years—our successes, our challenges, and, most notably, what we have learned to continue our growth as an impactful conservation organization.

Thinking about this, it is actually quite simple; effective conservation—like every good plan—needs a clear roadmap.

For example, take our new Jamaican initiative. We’re working with our partners in the Jamaican government to protect critical habitat for bat species. With your support, we’ve been able to construct a conservation roadmap that our partners are using to secure the purchase of Stony Hill Cave—the last known roost of some of the most endangered mammals on earth.

Time and time again, it has become clear that a strong roadmap enables us to translate the support of our members into tangible results for bats. From protecting the world’s largest maternity colony of bats at Bracken Cave, to the purchase of Nakanacagi Cave in Fiji, to our landscape-scale bats and agave initiative, to our new endeavor in Jamaica—I couldn’t be more proud of what our organization has been able to achieve.

As you may know, 2019 marks the end of BCI’s current strategic plan. We are busy at work on our next 5-year plan—a roadmap that will ultimately provide a clear path to delivering world-class conservation where bats need it most. And I couldn’t be more excited to let you, our supporters, know how we plan to continue to make the world a better place for bats and for the many parts of nature they help sustain.

We’ve had many great wins in just the last 12 months, and I can’t wait to see the positive impact we will make in the year ahead.

Because we’re just getting started.

Mike Daulton
BCI Executive Director

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