Episode 14: How Can Kids Help Bats?

Meet the Scientist: Dr. Kristen Lear

Bat Conservationist & Science Communicator
National Geographic Explorer, AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador

Dr. Kristen Lear is a bat conservationist working around the world to protect bat species through research, community engagement with conservation efforts, and public outreach. She got her first taste of bat conservation in 6th grade when she built and installed bat houses for her Girl Scout Silver Award project. Since then she has worked with bats in places like Texas, Australia, and Mexico, and now works at Bat Conservation International as an Endangered Species Interventions Specialist coordinating the organization’s Agave Restoration Initiative for endangered pollinating bats in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico. Kristen is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts, National Geographic Explorer, and AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador working to inspire the next generation of women in STEM. Kristen also loves talking with people about bats and regularly leads bat workshops, evening bat walks, bat house building workshops, and kid’s activities. She even designs bat-themed clothing to share her passion! Learn more about Kristen at https://kristenlear.wixsite.com/batconservation/ or follow her on social media                                                                (Instagram: batsforlife_kristen and Twitter: BatsForLife).


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Kristen got her start in bat conservation at age  12, when she built and installed bat houses for her Girl Scout Silver Award project. Kristen loves to talk to kids about bats!

She  also passionate about science communication and empowering the next generation of scientists, and am thrilled to be an IF/THEN Ambassador supporting women and girls in STEM/STEAM. I welcome opportunities for presentations and speaking engagements, as well as opportunities to share my experiences as a woman in science and discuss science careers, so  check out her IF/THEN profile!




Check out Kristen’s Explorer Classroom with National Geographic Explorers here




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The Bat Scientists by Mary Kay Carson (Author), Tom Uhlman (Photographer) – HMHKids

Dr. Merlin Tuttle and his colleagues at Bat Conservation International aren’t scared of bats. These bat crusaders are fascinated by them, with good reason. Bats fly the night skies in nearly every part of the world, but they are the least studied of all mammals.




Book List:

Bats: A World of Science and Mystery by M. Brock Fenton (Author), Nancy B. Simmons (Author) — University of Chicago Press

Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species by Marianne Taylor (Author), Merlin Tuttle (Photographer)– Smithsonian Books

The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals by Merlin Tuttle (Author)– HMH Kids

National Geographic Readers: Bats by Elizabeth Carney  — National Geographic Kids Books

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