Books, Bats and Breaking Stigmas: Inspiring Bat Conservation Through Literature

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Creative arts like literature can inspire a sense of wonder about wildlife, and telling accessible stories about species like bats can help children and adults alike let go of the stereotypes and fears often associated with bats. At the same time, it is vital that bat lovers respect these species by giving them their space and supporting conservation efforts.  

Learn how arts and literature can inspire a lifelong appreciation for bats — and get ready for Bat Week on October 24-31 — by joining us for this free webinar. First, listen as Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator Brian Lies reads one of his children’s books about bats and shares his own personal history with these amazing creatures. Then, hear from bat rehabilitation expert and founding member of Bat Week Leslie Sturges about how an awareness of bats generated by the arts can lead to opportunities for bat rehabilitation and conservation. 

Don’t forget to submit your bat-related artwork and stories on social media using #BatWeekStories to celebrate Bat Week! 

What you’ll learn: 

  • How using stories can demystify bats and inspire people to become interested in them 
  • Tips on developing outreach and education opportunities that encourage bat conservation 
  • How increased awareness about bats can support bat rescue and preservation efforts 

Who should take this webinar: 

  • Corporate conservation programs that want to develop a bat education project incorporating creative arts 
  • Educators and parents looking to inspire an appreciation of and respect for bats in their students 
  • Anyone interested in arts and literature activities that encourage conservation   


  • Brian Lies, Author and Illustrator 
  • Leslie Sturges, President, Bat Conservation & Rescue of Virginia 
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