Kristen Lear

The Amazing World of Bats

Dr. Kristen Lear will talk about the amazing world of bats, including the diversity of bats around the world, cool bat facts, why bats are important, and what we can do to help them.

Dr. Kristen Lear has over 15 years of experience protecting bats and sharing her passion with the public. She got her start in bat conservation at age 12, when she built and installed bat houses for her Girl Scout Silver Award project. Since then, she has led bat research and conservation projects in the US, Australia, and Mexico, coordinating international teams and guiding conservation policy for endangered species. Dr. Lear is an award-winning public speaker and science communicator and has shared her story on platforms ranging from podcasts, radio shows, the National Geographic stage, and CBS’s “Mission Unstoppable”. She uses her passion and enthusiasm to inspire others to help bats in their own backyards. She regularly leads public bat walks, bat house building workshops, and bat educational kids’ activities at community events, and she enjoys connecting with audiences of all ages. Dr. Lear holds a BA in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a PhD in Integrative Conservation from the University of Georgia. Dr. Lear is currently Bat Conservation International’s Agave Restoration Program Manager, leading the organization’s bi-national Agave Restoration Initiative for endangered pollinating bats and community livelihoods in the US and Mexico. She is also a National Geographic Explorer, Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts, and an IF/THEN Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science working to encourage girls and young women in STEM fields.
Presented by Maine Audubon and the Natural Resource Council of Maine.

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May 20 2022


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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