The Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC) was a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve bats — including the 14 bat species found in Ohio — and their habitats through education, collaboration and research. They also work with local health departments and government agencies to aid in public health issues associated with bats, and have trained field biologists to research endangered bats.
OBC was headquartered at the Michigan-based “Bat Zone” located at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Oakland County, Michigan. The facility is home to over 100 bats from around the world. Other animals include a two-toed sloth, owls, flying squirrels and much more. Surrounding the Bat Zone are 300 acres of woodland trails, a glacial boulder path and pole-mounted bat houses. The Bat Zone is open to guests that attend an “Incredible Bats” live program in Bloomfield, Michigan.
This organization was a technical resource for our team from 2012-2018, until they closed.