As part of our education and conservation mission, we offer educational workshops

President Leslie Sturges is an experienced speaker and presenter. She has presented at numerous symposia, workshops, and association meetings. Topics have included:

  • Bat Conservation
  • The Natural History of Bats
  • Bats for Gardeners
  • Bats for Animal Control and Public Health
  • Urban Wildlife Ecology
  • Environmental Enrichment for Wildlife Rehabilitators
  • Teaching the Joy of Nature to a Plugged-in World

In addition, she has developed an all-day bat rehabilitation workshop:

Rehabilitator Education:

All-day Bat Workshop

Workshops are not limited to rehabilitators. We welcome animal control officers, biologists, and bat enthusiasts! Topics include Natural History, Species ID, Rehab Basics, Handling with live bats (for vaccinated attendees only), Diagnostic Lab and an update on WNS.

Attendees of Virginia workshops earn 6 rehabilitation continuing education credits. Workshops featuring handling sessions and diagnostics labs make use of Bat Conservation & Rescue’s education bats and specimens and must be within a days’s drive of Northern Virginia.

The Basics

We require a hosting organization to provide a venue that will seat at least 50 people. We require a minimum of 20 paid attendees to hold a workshop. We will set a base fee per attendee. If the host wishes to, they may add an additional fee for the hosting organization. Hosts may have up to 5 complementary seats for VIP attendees. Bat Conservation & Rescue will handle registration and fee collection.

Opportunities for Traveling Workshops:

We are willing to travel to present workshops. We require hosting organizations secure a venue and pay travel expenses and a fee for the presenter. We also ask that local experts address natural history of native bat species. Our presenter will address rehabilitation techniques, diagnostics, etc. If handling and/or diagnostic sessions with specimens are desired, the host organization must make arrangements for live animals and/or specimens to be available.

All proceeds support Bat Conservation & Rescue’s education and rehabilitation programs.

Please contact us about workshop opportunities!

Upcoming Bat Rehabilitation Training Opportunities

October 19-20, 2019

Rabies Vector Species Conference

Tidewater Rehabilitation & Environmental Education and

Evelyn’s Wildlife Refuge

Virginia Beach VA

November 15, 2019

All Day Bat rehabilitation Workshop

Bat Conservation & Rescue of Virginia and Wildlife Center of Virginia

Waynesboro, VA

December 7, 2019

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center’s Continuing Education Event

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

Boyce, VA


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