Do you rescue other animals besides bats?

We have experience with a range of species, but no, right now our wildlife rehabilitation permit from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department only covers bats. Sticks & Stones Rescue is run by two college students in their spare time and our rehabilitation facility is in a spare room of Jenni's home. Once we have graduated, and/or once our organization has more space and a budget that allows it, we hope to expand our wildlife permit to include certain other small mammals, and some birds. Jenni is currently working on obtaining her Federal Migratory Bird Permit and has accomplished 25% of the required hours as of June 2017. 

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How did you get interested in bats to begin with?

Jenni has been interested in bats for as far back as she can remember, perhaps around age 5. She always loved animals and read lots of books about wildlife. Growing up in the 1990s, this included Wildlife Fact Files and Zoobooks. 8)

As an adult, she got involved with bats after her Air Force career brought her to Texas. She was looking for volunteering activities that would let her get to know Texas and relate to her interests--- that's when she realized that Texas is a pretty special place in the world for bats, with the state being home to the world's largest colony of bats, the world's largest urban colony of bats, and two of the most well-known bat organizations: Bat Conservation International and Bat World Sanctuary. She signed up for a workshop at Bat World, got connected with Southern Wildlife Rehab, and was hooked on wildlife rehabilitation after that!

Sarah was volunteering at the San Antonio Zoo at age 14, where she interpreted educational carts to zoo visitors. One look at the bat cart and she was hooked by how incredibly interesting and diverse bat species are!

You can check out our Team page bios to read a bit more about how we found ourselves doing this.

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Why do you rescue bats?

Bats are extremely misunderstood and need our help. They perform extremely important functions in our ecosystems around the world, and without them, the environment, other wildlife, and humans would all suffer. We started our organization to try and comat thousands of years of superstition and mystery. We hope that through education, there will be fewer bats needing rescue to begin with. We also think that bat rescue provides a unique window into the secret world of bats, that is otherwise more challenging and time-consuming to access through normal scientific research methods such as mist-netting and acoustics.

Why are you called Sticks and Stones Rescue?

We decided on the name because it includes simple symbols for the two main habitats of bats --- trees (sticks) and caves (stones).

We also chose the name as an allusion to the age-old quote, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Bats are, unfortunately, VERY MUCH hurt by words and the beliefs that go along with them. Humans are one of the biggest threats to bats. Sticks and Stones Rescue seeks to silence those hurtful words that cause people to react in fear when they come across a bat, so that we have less bats needing rescue in the first place.