Earn Digital Badges

Make a difference in your own backyard

Complete the objectives to acquire electronic badges, store them in your electronic backpack to show all of your friends and family what you have done to help the bats.

To get started:

  • Go to www.digitaladventure.org.
  • Register for an account.
  • Take a look below and start earning badges.
  • Each time you complete a badge, send us the required proof via email. If you don’t have an email, don’t worry! Head to gmail.com to set up an email, completely free.
  • Keep checking your account to see the badges you earned!

Wildlife Gardening Path

Compost Commander Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: Composting helps add nutrients to your plants, diverts as much as 30% of household waste away from garbage cans, introduces beneficial organisms to the soil, and offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers. Complete this badge and learn how composting helps wildlife, keeps our environment clean, and grows some awesome veggies.

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration; Gardening; Wildlife; Composting.

Criteria: Kids, under the supervision of your parents, follow these simple steps to start your own compost bin in the backyard.

  • Place a large trash can outside in the sun;
  • Add layers of ground clippings (dead leaves/grass), kitchen waste (no meat!), and dirt. Continue to add ground clippings and kitchen waste;
  • Stir the mixture weekly;

If you have any questions, or for a full list of instructions click here!

Evidence: Send us a photo or a video of the beginnings of your compost bin, along with a list of the things you once were throwing away but now are composting. What did you learn? How do your actions help the people, animals, and the environment?

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Tree Trainee Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: Trees convert C02 into Oxygen, and provide habitats for all kinds of animals. Upon earning this badge, you will understand the importance of what trees do for our environment, as well as gain knowledge about the species of tree you pick.

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration; Gardening; Tree; Planting.

Criteria: Find a tree at a farm or nursery. Make sure the tree is native to your area. Plant it somewhere and share some info about its species. Why did you pick the tree you did? What kind of ani-mals or other plants does your tree support?

Evidence: Send in a photo or a video of yourself planting the tree, and give us details about the type of tree you picked. What animals are supported by the tree? How big can it grow? What do its leaves look like?

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Seed Bombardier Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: Seed bombs are a great way to foster biodiversity in a garden or barren area and eliminate monocultures. By earning this badge you’ll get to make and deploy a seed bomb and, over the coming weeks and months, watch all the wonderful plants grow.

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Gardening; Planting; Seed; Bomb

Criteria: Follow the instructions here to create your own seed bomb. Make sure you only use the seeds of native plants.

Evidence: Take photos or a video of yourself and your friends building and using your seed bomb. Tell us about where you decided to plant them, what seeds you selected, and why.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Rain Collector Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel will save about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months, which not only helps protect the environment, but saves money and energy. Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams. In doing this badge, you and your parent or guardian will build your own rain barrel from simple things around the house.

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Gardening; Water, Barrel.

Criteria: Follow the instructions here and create your own water barrel..

Evidence: Send us photos or a video, and details about how you made you rain barrel, what materials you used, and what you intend to use the water for.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Grand Gardening Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: Ready to play in the dirt? This badge will teach you the foundations of wildlife gardening, in-cluding the basics of enhancing a garden with elements that help the “Four B’s”: Bats, Birds, Bees, and Butterflies.

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Gardening; Wildlife; Flowers; Plants; Vegetables.

Criteria: Follow the steps below to add foundational wildlife elements to your garden:

  1. Make a drinking station for bees and butterflies with a shallow dish, stones and water;
  2. Add larval host plants to the garden for butterflies to lay their eggs, such as milkweeds;
  3. Add plants that attract nighttime pollinators like moths that can provide food for bats. See our Gardening for Bats page for some plants suggestions;
  4. Add wildlife shelters such as bat houses, bird houses or even native bee houses.

Evidence: Send us photos or video, along with details on how you rolled out your wildlife garden. Tell us the favorite part of your garden, as well as the plants and animals you hope to attract.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Wildlife Gardener Medal

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: You’ve proven yourself to be a master wildlife gardener! GREAT JOB! Now show off your green thumb, by proudly displaying your Medal! (You may want to wash off all that dirt first though…)

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration; Gardening; Wildlife; Composting.

Criteria:By earning this medal, you successfully completed 3 of the 6 garden activities, and ex-panded your knowledge of agriculture, wildlife, fruits, and vegetables!

Evidence: Automatically issued after successfully completing 3 of 6 of the bat-gardener badges.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat-gineering Path

Lego Bat Designer Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: There are more than 1300 different species of bats in the world. What better way to celebrate such diversity than by using LEGOs to build your very own bat!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration; Engineering; Building; Legos.

Criteria:Using LEGO building blocks, you will construct your own bat, based on a bat species of your choice. Get ready to learn about reasoning, planning, and design, along with some bat characteristics, traits, and biology.

Evidence: Take a picture of yourself with your finished bat. Tell us, via email or social media why you designed your bat the way you did – Which bat species did you base your model on? What characteristics does it share with a real bat? Why did you pick the species of bat you did?

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat Plane Pilot Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: Bats are the only mammal that truly flies. Build your own flying paper bat out of simple paper with a friend and then take it outside for a flight!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration; Engineering; Building; Flight; Planes; Origami; Paper.

Criteria: By earning this badge, you’ll learn how to design your own paper plane, the basic tenants of flight, and how bats fly! A great instructional video can be found here on Youtube, called Paper Airplane Flying Bat Origami.

Evidence: Send pictures of yourself creating your bat planes and video of its maiden flight! What did you learn from flying your bat? How did it behave? Did wind affect it heavily?

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Submarine Scout Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: Many different species of bats use sonar and echolocation to locate prey and find other bats. Additionally, humans use sonar to map out the ocean floor, find fish, and detect enemy submarines. By completing this badge, you’ll experience sonar and echolocation first hand by listening to voice changes underwater!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration; Sonar; Building; Sound; Water; Pool; Physical Science.

Criteria: Follow the instructions on the Speaking Under Water Instruction Sheet by clicking here.

Evidence: Follow the instructions on the Speaking Under Water Instruction Sheet by clicking here.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat House Architect Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: The average insect-eating bat will consume anywhere from 2,000 to 6,000 insects a NIGHT. By building a bat house, you’ll not only learn about measuring, building and constructing, but you’ll also understand the importance of providing shelter for bats and the good they do for us and the environment!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration; Engineering; Building; Bat House.

Criteria: Purchase a bat house of your choice on BatStore.org or use our building guide to design your own. Once your bat house is built follow our placement instructions and place it in your yard.

Evidence: Take pictures of the building process and send us a photo of your fully built bat house! Tell us a little bit about the bat house you built and why you chose the design you did. Down the road, when you find bats living in your bat house (remember it can years, sometimes) remember to fill out our online questionnaire.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Echolocation Explorer Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: Many different species of bats use sonar to find and locate their prey and other bats. Additionally, humans use sonar to map out the ocean floor, find fish, and detect enemy submarines. This experiment will teach you all about echolocation, sound waves, and the Doppler Effect.

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration; Sonar; Hearing; Doppler Effect; Echolocation; Sound Waves; Sonar; Physical Science.

Criteria: Check out and follow the Echolocation Demonstration Instructions by clicking here.

Evidence: Email us the results and observations of your experiment. How do we localize sounds? What happens when we plug one ear? Did plugging one ear affect your ability to locate sound?

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat-gineering Medal

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: Your technical skills are second to none! GREAT JOB! Now show off your precision abilities by proudly displaying your Medal!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration; Engineering; Building; Analysis.

Criteria: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration; Engineering; Building; Analysis.

Evidence: Automatically issued after successfully completing 3 of 6 of the bat-gineering badges.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat Artist Path

Chiroptean Caricaturist Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: With so many different species of bats, they’re a great subject for artists. Pick your favorite bat and draw it using any medium you’d like. Paint, pencil, crayon are all acceptable, as are digital designs.

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Art; Drawing; Painting; Digital Design; Creative.

Criteria: First off, you will do some research and select your favorite species of bat. Afterward, draw, paint, or design a picture of the bat, letting your imagination guide you. You’ll learn details and facts about your favorite bat, and introduce yourself to a variety of art media.

Evidence: When your drawing is complete email or tweet us a photo of your finished project, along with a short list of facts about the bat you drew. Tell us why you chose the bat you did, as well as why you chose the art medium.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Superhero of the Night Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: Bats are amazing creatures! From their ability to echolocate to their ability to fly, bats command almost super power-like abilities. Using your imagination and any medium you like (pen, pencil, paint, etc.) design your own bat superhero.

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Art; Drawing; Painting; Digital Design; Creative.

Criteria: As you’re designing your super hero, remember to incorporate elements from real bats: abilities, looks, and characteristics.

Evidence: When you’re done with your masterpiece make certain to share it with us via email or social media. Give us a breakdown of what elements you took from real bats, how you chose your medium, and why this superpower is your favorite. A cool idea would be to create a time-lapse video of yourself bringing your creation to life.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Marvel Mammal Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: You’ve designed your own bat superhero and earned your Superhero of the Night Badge – now it’s time to give them the storyline they deserve by producing your own bat comic!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Art; Drawing; Painting; Digital Design; Creative; Comics; Animation; Writing; Storyboarding.

Criteria: Using your imagination and any medium you like (pen, pencil, paint, etc.) put together your own bat comic. The comic itself can be any length – you’re only bound by the limits of your own creativity.

Evidence: When you’ve completed your comic, make certain to share it with us via email or social media. Give us a break down of what elements you took from real bats, how you chose your medium, and how you came up with your story and characters. What guided your creativity?

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Origami Aficionado Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: Origami is a Japanese art that originated hundreds of years ago. Along with creating beautiful representations of nature, origami helps develop many qualities including:
Behavioral Skills
Cooperative Learning
A Link to Math
Cognitive Development
Multi-cultural Awareness
Community Building
This badge will have you make your own colony of origami bats to display around your house or give to friends as gifts!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Art; Origami; Paper; Folding.

Criteria:Follow the instructions for making origami bats by clicking here. Experiment with different colors and types of papers. Make as many or few as you’d like.

Evidence: When you’re all done with your origami bat, snap a picture and send it to us over social media or email. Give us one cool fact about bats with it!

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Flipbook Fanatic Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: Flipbooks are a fun and easy way to introduce the basic tenants of animation. To earn this badge, you’ll draw your own bat flipbook and show it off to your friends and family.

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Art; Drawing; Painting; Digital Design; Creative; Comics; Animation; Writing; Storyboarding.

Criteria:Draw your own flipbook highlighting bats! You can show a bat flying, eating, or create a mini adventure – the decision is all yours.

Evidence: Send us a picture of your bat flipbook, or even better, a video of you flipping it! Is there a story that goes along with it? If so let us know!

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat Artist Medal

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: When it comes to translating your feelings of bats to paper and canvas, you’re like no other. Share this medal with your friends and family to let them know you’re going to be the Rembrandt of bats!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Art; Drawing; Painting; Digital Design; Creative.

Criteria:By earning this medal, you’ve successfully completed 3 of the 6 bat artist activities and expanded your knowledge of art, drawing, and design!

Evidence: Automatically issued after successfully completing 3 of 6 of the bat artist badges.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat Scientist Path

White Nose Researcher Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: White Nose Syndrome is negatively affecting bats across the United States. Complete this badge to gain an understanding of this invasive species, as well as possible ways to cure it and how humans can help!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Scientific Method; Observation; Analysis, White Nose Syndrome; Disease; Invasive Species.

Criteria:Give a report for your class, or even your friends and family, about how White Nose Syndrome is hurting bats across the United States. Explore the history of White Nose Syn-drome, what it does to make bats sick and possible ways we’re trying to fight the disease to save the bats.

Evidence: Send us your completed report that answers the questions above. If you do this as a school project, get your teacher or a guardian to sign off on it.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat-Cam Cadet Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: Observation is the basis for scientific reasoning – what better way to hone your observational skills than watching a live bat go about its daily routine? And what better animal to observe than bats, a very unique animal in our world!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Scientific Method, Observation; Analysis.

Criteria:Click here to be taken to the Organization for Bat Conservation’s live bat-cams. Check the cameras three times: once in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night. Write down observations from the Fruit Bat Camera. When do the bats seem most active? What are they eating? How are they acting? What other interesting observations do you see? Now watch the Vampire Bat Camera. Answer the same questions that you did for the Fruit Bats. What differences, if any, did you notice between the bat species?

Evidence: Send us your completed report that answers the questions above. If you do this as a school project, get your teacher or a guardian to sign off on it.
Send us your notes as well as the answers to the questions above. If you do this badge for a school project get your teacher to sign that you completed it.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Compare, Contrast, and Contemplate Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description: Did you know that biologically bats have more in common with humans than they do with rodents? Well you will after you complete this badge. Time to compare and contrast the similarity and differences between bats and humans!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Scientific Method; Observation; Analysis; Compare; Contrast.

Criteria:Give a report for your class, or even your friends and family, about the biological similarities and differences between humans and bats. Take a look at things such as hands, eye sight, and diet. Which fact was most interesting to you? Did you learn something you didn’t already know?

Evidence: Send us your completed report that answers the questions above. If you do this as a school project, get your teacher or a guardian to sign off on it.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

These Boots are Made for (Bat) Walkin’ Badge

Discovery Level: Discovery

Description: Sometimes the best way to study science is to get out and experience it firsthand. To earn this badge, head over to the Cranbrook Institute of Science and take a bat walk, at dusk, with the Organization for Bat Conservation!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Scientific Method; Observation; Analysis; Compare; Contrast; Walk; Hike.

Criteria: Sign up for any of the Friday and Saturday night summer Bat Walks below at the Cranbrook Institute for Science, by buying a ticket at the front desk.

  • June 26, 9:00pm
  • July 3, 9:00pm
  • July 10, 9:00pm
  • July 17, 9:00pm
  • July 24, 9:00pm
  • July 31, 8:30pm
  • August 14, 8:30pm
  • August 21, 8:00pm
  • August 28, 8:00pm

For more information you can also click here.

Evidence: After the walk, make sure to give your email and name to one of the OBC representatives to earn your badge!

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat Naturalist Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: Have you ever stopped to wonder how many different types of bats exist in your state? Well then, this badge is right up your alley. It’s time to create your own State Bat Guide!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Scientific Method; Observation; Analysis; Compare; Contrast; Walk; Hike.

Criteria: Compile a guide of all the bats in your state. Find a picture of each bat and include the sci-entific and common names, where they live in your state, what they eat, and a fun or unique fact. Which bat is your favorite? Why?

Evidence: Send us a copy of your completed bat guide, along with answers to the questions above. If you do this as a school project, get your teacher or a guardian to sign off on it.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat Scientist Medal

Discovery Level: Independent

Description: Scientific method – check; observations – check; analytical reasoning – check. Results: You’re definitely one of the world’s top-notch bat researchers. Display your medal with pride!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Art; Science; Scientific Method; Observation; Analysis.

Criteria: By earning this medal, you’ve successfully completed 3 of the 6 bat artist activities, and ex-panded your knowledge of science, observation, and analysis!

Evidence: Automatically issued after successfully completing 3 of 6 of the bat scientist badges.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat Advocate Path

Chiropteran Caretaker Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description:Here at the Organization for Bat Conservation animals come to us from all across the world. Many of the animals we receive are injured or unable to return to the wild. As such, we do everything in our power to make sure they live out the rest of their lives happily and healthy!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Advocacy; Campaigner; Action; Adoption.

Criteria: Help ensure the happiness and healthiness of the Organization for Bat Conservation’s bats by adopting one! Make sure to ask your parent or guardian first before adopting any of the bats. For a list of adoption options click here.

Evidence: Send us a picture of your adoption selections certificate to earn your badge. Tweet or message us a picture with your certificate of adoption when you receive it in the mail!

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Journalistic Journey Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description:A lot of times, when it comes to advocacy, getting the word out is one of the most important things you can do. That’s why for this badge you’ll pull together your own news story about bats to educate your friends, family, and classmates about how cool bats are.

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Advocacy; Campaigner; Action; Journalism: Writing; News; Stories.

Criteria: Write a news story about bats for your school or local newspaper. Possible topics could include: White Nose Syndrome, Bat Sonar, and Breaking Bat News. If you can’t get it published, no worries — send us your completed story anyways to earn credit.

Evidence: Send us a copy of your story. Remember to send us a link or copy if you get it published.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Ranger Recognition Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description:Park rangers do a lot – not only for bats – but for all kinds of animals, across the United States. It’s about time someone thanked them for their hard work!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Advocacy; Campaigner; Action; Recognition; Writing; News; Thank You; Letter.

Criteria: Locate the address of a U.S. national park. Preferably, make it a park you’ve been to or that you frequent quite a bit. Write a letter to the park rangers, or to a specific ranger, saying thank you for all that they do. Talk about how you appreciate their efforts to protect the animals, keep parks clean, and teach kids like you all about the environment. For more information, or to find a park, visit the national park website by clicking here.

Evidence: Send us a copy of your letter along with the name and address of the park you’ll be sending it to. If you’re sending your thank you to a specific ranger, let us know their name too!

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Highway to the Batzone Badge

Discovery Level: Discovery

Description:The BATZONE is the Organization for Bat Conservation’s home and headquarters. Located on the campus of the Cranbrook Institute for Science, the BATZONE is home to more than 200 rescued animals. To earn this badge take a tour of the BATZONE and learn all kinds of great information about bats, skunks, sloths and more!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Advocacy; Action; Tour; Batzone; Wildlife; Adventure.

Criteria: Take a personal, behind-the-scenes tour with a bat expert at the Bat Zone and experience bats in flight, flying squirrels, owls, a two-toed sloth and the largest species of bat in the world! You can even meet a colony of Vampire bats! Learn about these unique nighttime animals as you explore this nocturnal sanctuary.Public Bat Zone tours are available September-May, Saturdays at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and Sundays at 1:30 and 2:30. Late June-August, tours run daily Monday-Saturday at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and Sundays at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. For more information, click here

Evidence:After the tour is complete, make sure to give your name and email to the bat expert who gave you the tour. Let them know that you want to earn your digital badge!

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Legislative Leader Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description:Across the United States bats are facing challenges to their survival and well-being, including habitat loss, White Nose Syndrome, and climate change. The U.S. Congress and State Legislatures write the laws that govern our nation. Today, let them know how much you care about bats by writing our elected officials a letter and telling our representatives that we need to save the bats!

Tags: Environment; Conservation; Bats; Advocacy; Campaigner; Action; Writing; Letter; Congress; Legislators

Criteria: Find out which member of Congress represents you by putting your zipcode in on the United States House of Representative’s website. Once you find out who your legislator is, take down their address and write them a letter about why we need to save the bats. Talk about the issues facing bats and find out what unique challenges are facing bats in your state.

Evidence: Send us a copy of your letter along with the name of your member of Congress. Be sure to let us know when or if they message you back!

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat Advocate Medal

Discovery Level: Independent

Description:You’re the type of person to put everything on the line for others and a TRUE friend to bats everywhere. The bats thank you for your efforts! Wear this medal with pride. We’d tell you to let your family and friends know, but odds are, you’ve already motivated them to make a difference as well!

Tags:Environment; Conservation; Bats; Advocacy; Campaigner; Action.

Criteria: By earning this medal, you’ve successfully completed 3 of the 6 bat advocate activities and worked to mobilize others for a great cause!

Evidence: Automatically issued after successfully completing 3 of 6 of the bat advocate badges.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Biodiversity Path

Bioblitzer Badge

Discovery Level: Discovery

Description:August 7th and 8th is BioBlitz at the Cranbrook Institute of Science:
August 7, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
August 8, 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
What plants, animals and bugs live right here and in your neighborhood? Join us for Cranbrook’s first ever BioBlitz–a 24 hour nature event that gets everybody outside to look at what lives on campus. Scientists will take groups through citizen science activities to catalog and record species, presenters will showcase live animal programs and artists will teach how to observe and express creativity through nature.
This free event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about local wildlife and to become inspired about the natural world.

Tags:Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Scientific Method; Observation; Analysis; Compare; Biodiversity; BioBlitz; Cranbrook.

Criteria: Drop by the BioBlitz anytime on August 7th and 8th and participate in any number of the cool citizen sci-ence activities that will be going on!

Evidence: When you’re done attending BioBlitz activities, make sure to give your name and email to an Organization for Bat Conservation staff member and let them know you’ve earned your digital badge. Tweet or message us any cool photos you may have of yourself during the event.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Water Drops Wonder Badge

Discovery Level: Guided

Description:What lives in the ocean, pond, puddle, and tap water? You’ll find out after doing this badge challenge!

Tags:Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Scientific Method; Observation; Analysis; Compare; Biodiversity; Microscope.

Criteria: Borrow the required materials from your school’s science lab and follow the experiment instructions by clicking here. Answer all of the research questions and send the results back to us.

Evidence: Once you’ve gotten your answers, feel free to take them to your teacher before emailing us the results. Let us know where you got your water samples from and what you’ve learned about biodiversity.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Green Space Astronaut Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description:Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Scientific Method; Observation; Analysis; Green Space; Biodiversity.

Tags:Travel to a local green space. Examples can be parks, beaches, creeks, or campuses. Once you’re there, log all the different types of life you see. Write down details, snap pictures, and make drawings of each different organism. Go with friends if you’d like and compare your findings.

Criteria: Borrow the required materials from your school’s science lab and follow the experiment instructions by clicking here. Answer all of the research questions and send the results back to us.

Evidence: Pull together all of your findings and send us the results. What did you learn? Did anything surprise you? What was the favorite organism you came across?

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Walking Warrior Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description:Sometimes cleaning up the environment seems like too big a task for just one person, but if everyone just does a little, we can all accomplish a whole lot! Lets start by working in your own neighborhood!

Tags:Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Neighborhood; Cleaning; Outside; Recycling; Responsibility.

Criteria: With a team of friends and family, head out into your neighborhood and clean up any litter you find (make sure to wear gloves)! If you can, recycle soda cans and bottles, any glass you may find, or paper. Make sure to pay extra attention to all the different animals and plants in your neighborhood. Take notes of any animals you didn’t know existed in your area.

Evidence: While you and your team members are out making a difference, be sure to take lots of pic-tures of your adventure. Send them to us via email or social media, and tell us a little about what you accomplished. What was the most rewarding part of your day? Did you find any neat plants or animals? Make sure to include your name, email address, and city.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Backyard Biologist Badge

Discovery Level: Independent

Description:Scientific observation begins with the things we see, day in, day out, right in front of us. For this badge, you’ll simply head out into your own backyard, to observe all the different types of life that live there.

Tags:Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Scientific Method; Observation; Analysis; Green Space; Biodiversity.

Criteria: Grab a notebook and a pencil, and head into your yard. Write down notes on each and every plant and animal you see. Feel free to draw pictures of each organism to go along with your notes. Then, come inside and do research on what you saw. Write down things such as the scientific name of animals, what they eat, and where they live in your yard. Did any plant or animal surprise you?

Evidence: Send us your notes and a list of all the different organisms in your yard, along with answers to the questions above. What did you learn about the importance of biodiversity?

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Biodiversity Medal

Discovery Level: Independent

Description:“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” You live and breathe this motto and it shows. By earning this medal you know how important it is that we have variation of species in our environment. Congratulations!

Tags:Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Scientific Method; Observation; Analysis; Compare; Biodiversity.

Criteria: By earning this medal, you’ve successfully completed 3 of the 6 biodiversity activities and worked to mobilize others for a great cause!

Evidence: Automatically issued after successfully completing 3 of 6 of the biodiversity badges.

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges

Bat Champion Medal

Bat Champion Medal

Discovery Level: Independent

Description:You are now a bat expert! You’ve completed a badge from every tree: Wildlife Gardener, Bat-gineering, Bat Artist, Bat Scientist, Bat Advocate, and Biodiversity Examiner. Tell all your friends you’re a true friend to bats everywhere.

Tags:Environment; Conservation; Bats; Science; Exploration.

Criteria: Earn 1 badge from each of the 6 categories!

By Email: [email protected]
By Twitter: @BatConservation with the hashtag: #BatBadges
By Facebook: www.facebook.com/savebats with the hashtag #BatBadges