A study published in Science magazine estimated 1/6 of the Earth’s species will be at risk for extinction by 2050 due to global warming. Activists can help protect habitat, fight industrial pollution that impacts wildlife health, and rescue injured animals.
Bat Conservation International
500 N. CapofTex Hwy., Building 1-201
Austin, TX 78746
Micaela Jemison (703) 962-6776
Purpose: Bat Conservation International (BCI) is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the world’s more than 1,370 known species of bats. We are the world leader in defending bats and the habitats they serve, working throughout North and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. BCI combines education and outreach with scientific research and direct conservation action to win protection for key bat populations and the places they live. We transform public attitudes towards bats by dispelling harmful myths that threaten their survival. We are committed to establishing self-sustaining conservation efforts around the world to secure a brighter future for bats. BCI is proud to have its headquarters in Austin, the “Bat Capital of America.”
Projects/Activities: We fund scholarships and research for bat conservation—increasing knowledge of bat species and encouraging careers in bat conservation. Our Global Grassroots Bat Conservation Fund provides small grants for local projects in many nations.
Volunteer Opportunities: Education docent opportunities to help educate the public at Congress Avenue Bridge and at local events.
Newsletters/Publications: BATS magazine (3 editions a year), Bat Chat, e-newsletter.
Dues: From $35-$1,000/year.
Horned Lizard Conservation Society
P.O. Box 122
Austin, TX 78767
Bill Brooks (512) 581-0377
Purpose: To conserve and recover the diminishing populations of all species of horned lizards through education and research. We are a national and international organization.
Projects/Activities: Elementary/secondary curriculum units, status surveys, research grant funding, research for reintroduction, speaking/presentations to groups, booth sitting, field trips.
Meetings: Meetings are held in different cities; notices published in newsletter, our Web site, and Facebook page. There is also a biannual convention.
Volunteer Opportunities: Field survey coordination with private landowners and federal and state parks, the newsletter, board positions, and fundraising.
Newsletters/Publications: Phrynosomatics, published quarterly.
Dues: $25/Regular; $10/Students & Seniors; $50/Contributing members, $300/Lifetime members.
National Wildlife Federation
South Central Regional Center
505 East Huntland Drive, Suite 485
Austin, TX 78752
Shell Rumohr (512) 476-9805
FAX: (512) 476-9810
Purpose: The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is America’s largest conservation organization, with a mission to unite Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly-changing world.
Projects/Activities: Our Austin-based work includes:
Environmental Education – NWF is helping connect Austin students to nature while providing teachers with tools to engage students in meaningful science and math learning experiences.
Monarch Recovery – We are working with the City of Austin to help reverse declining monarch butterfly populations.
Protecting Texas Rivers – NWF is working to ensure that Texas manages its limited fresh water resources for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
Restoring the Gulf of Mexico – NWF is leading efforts to ensure the $16 billion in oil spill settlement funds, the largest in our nation’s history, are used to protect and restore the Gulf.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer interns (earning school credit) have assisted us with Outreach, Environmental Education, Marine Science, and Media & Communications. Office volunteers are also welcome.
Newsletters/Publications: Quarterly e-newsletter available by request to firstname.lastname@example.org. National Wildlife, national magazine. Children’s publications: Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr.
Dues: $15/year; includes publications.
P.O. Box 302695
Austin, TX 78703
Preston Doughty (512) 913-9090
Rescue Hotline: (512) 472-WILD (9453)
Purpose: Wildlife Rescue, Inc. serves the citizens and wildlife of Central Texas by providing direct assistance to the public concerning questions, problems, and conflicts with native wild animals. We accomplish that mission by: 1) training volunteers to operate both a telephone hotline and e-mail service to coordinate wildlife calls from the public; 2) supporting qualified rehabilitators to provide care to orphaned and injured wild animals until they can be returned to their native environment; and 3) providing educational programs to eliminate or mitigate conflicts between humans and wild animals.
Projects/Activities: Wildlife rehabilitation classes are available for the public. We are raising funds to establish a permanent wildlife rehabilitation center for the area.
Meetings: Monthly officer meetings; quarterly board meetings; annual December general membership meeting.
Volunteer Opportunities: Answering rescue hotline; assisting licensed rehabilitators; transporting animals; fundraising.
Newsletters/Publications: Critter Chronicle, members.
Dues: $20/Individual; $25/Family; $50/Sponsor; $100/Patron; $250/Protector; $500/Conservator.