September 27, 2017


MSU Library has a terrific collection of resources about bats but we thought we would add some of the resources we've found most useful.

Bat Conservation

Bat Conservation International - This is one of the largest and oldest bat conservation organizations and has a tremendous amount of info on bats globally and regionally. A great spot to stay up to date on the most recent conservation efforts. 

Organization for Bat Conservation - This organization is based in Pontiac Michigan and they do a huge amount of conservation and public education nationally. 

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation - Dr. Merlin Tuttle is one of the leading bat experts globally and helped start Bat Conservation International. This is his current conservation efforts. 

White Nose Syndrome - This is the most up to date information on the devastating disease affecting United States bat populations. 


Michigan DNR White Nose Syndrome Response Plan - This is the Department of Natural Resources plan for addressing the spread of White Nose Syndrome.

Most Recent Prevalence Study of WNS in Michigan - This was conducted by a student at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. You need journal access to read.

Positive Bat Messaging (One Health): Important research underscoring the need to educate the public on the importance of bats

Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture: Research by leading expert Dr. Kunz on the economic importance of bats in the U.S. 

Important Books

Most of these can be checked out free at the Michigan State University Library and some are available for download through their library website. 

Bats of Michigan - This is a very approachable guide to the native species of bats here in Michigan written by a long time expert Dr. Allen Kurta. Only available through the MSU Library right now. Might be too new. 

Bats in Forests - Dr. Allen Kurta's seminal and in depth book on tree dwelling bats in the region. Very important text for anyone studying North American bats. 

Bat Ecology - This is a widely available book containing a compilation of important bat research by Dr. Kunz, one of the leading experts in bats. 

The Biology of Bats - A great primer on chiropteran anatomy and physiology. Decently priced and well worth owning.