Kindergarteners through second graders will become micro bats
(BOSTON) April 3, 2014 — Wildlife Acoustics is giving young students a chance to peek at the world through the eyes of a bat with its Be Like a Bat Playhouse Program.

The worldwide provider of bioacoustics recording and analytical technology will be giving away three custom-designed, oversized bat playhouses at the National Science Teachers Association Conference (NSTA).

Each playhouse is more than 5 feet tall and is modeled after a real bat house, letting the imaginations of 4-to-7-year-olds run wild as they become micro bats.

“The Be Like A Bat Playhouse effort was a creative collaboration in the very best sense of the term,” said Robert Gierschick, director of marketing for Wildlife Acoustics. “Our partners donated their time and talent to make this project possible, and we had fun thinking like 4-to-7-year olds for a change.”

As students explore the playhouses, they will experience a day in the life of a bat, from roosting (hanging out with buddies) and echolocation (communicating with others) to “flying” in and out of the bat house.

The boxes for the playhouses were donated by Rand Whitney, and the colorful “Bat Facts” graphics that cover the playhouses were donated by Shawmut. Bat Conservation International developed a special K-2 curriculum that ties the playhouse into group activities.

“Because the children get to act like bats, the program delivers lessons in bat biology and bioacoustics in an active and engaging way”, said Andrew Walker, CEO of Bat Conservation International. “Perhaps we’ll even lead some youngsters into the fields of science and animal biology.”

About Wildlife Acoustics
Wildlife Acoustics is the leading provider of bioacoustics monitoring systems for researchers, scientists, conservationists and government agencies worldwide. Its mission is to serve the needs of biologists and conservationists around the globe and create tools that enable them to better understand the changes in the global environment

Our innovative and affordable hardware, software, and curriculum increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement and promote the cause of the Citizen Scientist in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visit

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About Bat Conservation International
Bat Conservation International is dedicated to the lasting conservation of the world’s 1300+ species of bats. BCI works throughout the world with local communities, government and civic leaders, businesses, scientists and other conservation organizations to identify, protect and manage critical habitats for bats and raise public awareness and appreciation of these remarkable creatures. More information on BCI and its work can be found at

About Shawmut
Shawmut was founded in 1951 with a commitment to providing quality, service, and value. Today, we are a full-service solutions company, offering our clients design, writing and marketing services as well as printing, mailing, fulfillment, and online fulfillment and inventory in real time. Visit us at

About Rand Whitney
Rand-Whitney Container has built its reputation in the packaging industry on delivering creative, cost-saving packaging solutions. Independently owned and operated by The Kraft Group, Rand-Whitney invests substantial capital in new technologies, expanded in-house capabilities, and a quality paper supply to ensure it always meets the emergent demands of its local and international customers. To learn more about Rand-Whitney visit

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