Merlin Tuttle is an ecologist, a wildlife photographer, and a conservationist who has studied bats and championed their preservation for over 60 years. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation and of Bat Conservation International.
Tuttle has received several awards and recognitions for his activities. He has received the “Society for Conservation Biology’s Distinguished Achievement Award”, for founding Bat Conservation International. He has also won both the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chuck Yeager Award and the Chevron/Times Mirror Magazine’s Conservation Award.
Merlin Tuttle was also the recipient of the Margaret Douglas Medal for notable service to conservation education from The Garden Club of America, and a U.S. Congressional Award for his achievements through Bat Conservation International.
Other two very relevant recognitions include an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Andrews University and having his pictures used by the U.S. Postal Service in 2002: a commemorative stamp series featured Tuttle’s pictures.
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Merlin Tuttle has also authored 56 research publications and numerous popular articles. His “America’s Neighborhood Bats book” and the “Bat House Builder’s Handbook” are ranked among the University of Texas Press’ best sellers.
Tuttle has been invited to speak in many of the world’s most prestigious lecture halls. He has given public lectures and research seminars at Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Cornell Universities; the American Museum of Natural History, The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the British Museum, the Hong Kong Wetlands Park, South Africa’s Durban Natural Science Museum, the National Museum of Natural Science in Taiwan and the Smithsonian Institution, also at Sydney, Australia’s Taronga Zoo, the U.S. National Zoo.
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