Bats take over Telemundo studios!

Left to right: Forest Service NatureWatch Program Manager Dr. Kim Winter, Executive Director and founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation Rob Mies, and Telemundo Washington News Anchor Sulema Salazar discuss pollinators and bat conservation on Telemundo. Photo courtesy of Felipe Benitez, Americas for Conservation for the Arts.

On June 21st, 2017, Dr. Kimberly Winter, Forest Service NatureWatch national program leader, Rob Mies, cofounder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, and Camila, an amazing flying fox bat, went to the Telemundo Washington studios to promote National Pollinator Week. This annual event was created to raise awareness about the importance of this group of animals. One of their many purposes is to help maintain our plants and proliferate crops.

Telemundo’s energetic anchor and the rest of the crew were delighted to meet Camila the bat who, with her other bat friends, did their part along with Dr. Winter to spread the message of the role of pollinators and bat conservation. The TV live section, which reached thousands of viewers in the greater District of Columbia-Maryland-Virginia region, included a captivating educational presentation about bats, pollinator week, and the USDA Farmer’s Market.

The audience learned how bats help maintain healthy ecosystems and enhance food resources.

Special thanks go to the Organization for Bat Conservation and to Forest Service partners Benitez Strategies and Americas for Conservation + Arts for helping to fill the gap between Hispanic communities and conservation awareness.