Mississippi Bat Working Group

Promoting bat research, conservation, and education

Privacy Policy

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Purpose

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MS Bats , recognizes that an individual’s privacy is very important to them and that they have a right to control their personal information. MS Bats acknowledges that when an individual provides personal information about themselves to another party it is an act of trust. In response, MS Bats takes the process of upholding an individual’s privacy very seriously. Unless an individual gives MS Bats explicit consent to act otherwise, the following policy will govern how MS Bats handles an individual’s personal information and safeguards their privacy.

Scope

The principles contained in this privacy document apply to all personal information collected or submitted to MS Bats.

1. What information of yours does MS Bats collect?

MS Bats collects two different types of information. One type is voluntary information, which you provide, such as registration information for events, membership information, or shipping and billing information. The other type of information MS Bats collects is user information provided by your computer each time you visit this site, such as IP address, browser. The information that MS Bats collects helps us to provide information and service to you. We may combine information from other sources with the information that we collect.

2. What does MS Bats do with the information that is collected?

Any information that you provide to MS Bats or that is obtained through this web site may be used by us. MS Bats will not sell, rent or lease your personal information to commercial entities. MS Bats will not disclose your name, address, e-mail address or phone number without your express consent, unless disclosure is necessary to comply with laws or relevant legal proceedings.

MS Bats may offer services to you such as chat rooms, message boards, or other similar discussion forums. Please be aware that any information you divulge in these arenas is deemed public information and is not protected.

3. What are “cookies” and how does MS Bats use them?

Cookies are information that a web site transfers to an individual’s PC for record-keeping purposes (e.g., if you are a Wall Street Journal Interactive user, a cookie on your PC allows you to go directly to the WSJ instead of having to give your user name and password each time). Cookies can save your preferences when you are at a site. The use of cookies is an industry standard and most major web sites use them.

MS Bats may use cookies to help us see which areas of our web site are more popular, which are not, how they are being used so that we can improve and update our web site to more accurately meet the needs of our users. At some point in the future, if MS Bats decides to offer personalized services to its users, we will use cookies to make that personalization and customization of the MS Bats web site possible.

Most browsers (Microsoft Explorer, Netscape) are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to either refuse all cookies or to notify you when you are receiving a cookie and allow you to decide whether or not to accept it.

We do not use cookies to obtain any personal information about you before or after you leave the MS Bats sites.

4. How does linking to other sites affect my privacy protections?

As a courtesy, MS Bats may provide links to other sites that are neither owned nor controlled by MS Bats. Some of these sites may use the MS Bats logo. These third party sites, however, are NOT subject to or bound by the MS Bats Privacy Policy. Such third party sites may or may not have their own privacy policies and may or may not collect personal information from you or place cookies on your browser. MS Bats is not responsible for the privacy policies or any information collection practices of these sites or any damages resulting there from.

5. What type of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?

The security of the information that you provide to us is very important to us. Consequently, we have taken several measures to protect your information. All transactions involving sensitive information, such as your credit/debit card number and expiration date, are conducted using a SSL (Secure Socket Layer) connection. This connection provides increased security to the information as it is transmitted to our web site.

6. How does MS Bats protect the privacy of children?

MS Bats encourages parents and guardians to spend time with their children online. No information should be submitted to or posted on MS Bats web site by users 13 years old and younger without the consent of their parent or guardian. Unless otherwise disclosed during collection, MS Bats will not provide any personally identifying information, regardless of its source, to any third party for any purpose whatsoever for our users 13 years and younger. If any services or features on the site require registration, a user 13 years old and younger will be required to provide the email of the parent or guardian which will allow us to notify that person that the child has registered for a service or feature. Parental or guardian consent will consist of an email from that person to MS Bats stating that they are aware that the child is using the web site. Identifying a user as 13 or under is not easy and MS Bats will not be held responsible for anyone misrepresenting as over 13 when in fact they are not.

7. MS Bats reserves the right to change or amend this policy.

MS Bats reserves the right to change, amend, or restate this policy.

8. Your affirmative consent to MS Bats collection and use of personally identifiable information.

By using MS Bats website, you are giving us your express consent to use all the information that we collect about you in the manner described in this policy. This includes the release of such information to third parties as described above.

9. Questions or Concerns?

If you have questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please contact our Policy Officer at:  or  , , 

 

Privacy Policy

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Purpose

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MS Bats , recognizes that an individual’s privacy is very important to them and that they have a right to control their personal information. MS Bats acknowledges that when an individual provides personal information about themselves to another party it is an act of trust. In response, MS Bats takes the process of upholding an individual’s privacy very seriously. Unless an individual gives MS Bats explicit consent to act otherwise, the following policy will govern how MS Bats handles an individual’s personal information and safeguards their privacy.

Scope

The principles contained in this privacy document apply to all personal information collected or submitted to MS Bats.

1. What information of yours does MS Bats collect?

MS Bats collects two different types of information. One type is voluntary information, which you provide, such as registration information for events, membership information, or shipping and billing information. The other type of information MS Bats collects is user information provided by your computer each time you visit this site, such as IP address, browser. The information that MS Bats collects helps us to provide information and service to you. We may combine information from other sources with the information that we collect.

2. What does MS Bats do with the information that is collected?

Any information that you provide to MS Bats or that is obtained through this web site may be used by us. MS Bats will not sell, rent or lease your personal information to commercial entities. MS Bats will not disclose your name, address, e-mail address or phone number without your express consent, unless disclosure is necessary to comply with laws or relevant legal proceedings.

MS Bats may offer services to you such as chat rooms, message boards, or other similar discussion forums. Please be aware that any information you divulge in these arenas is deemed public information and is not protected.

3. What are “cookies” and how does MS Bats use them?

Cookies are information that a web site transfers to an individual’s PC for record-keeping purposes (e.g., if you are a Wall Street Journal Interactive user, a cookie on your PC allows you to go directly to the WSJ instead of having to give your user name and password each time). Cookies can save your preferences when you are at a site. The use of cookies is an industry standard and most major web sites use them.

MS Bats may use cookies to help us see which areas of our web site are more popular, which are not, how they are being used so that we can improve and update our web site to more accurately meet the needs of our users. At some point in the future, if MS Bats decides to offer personalized services to its users, we will use cookies to make that personalization and customization of the MS Bats web site possible.

Most browsers (Microsoft Explorer, Netscape) are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to either refuse all cookies or to notify you when you are receiving a cookie and allow you to decide whether or not to accept it.

We do not use cookies to obtain any personal information about you before or after you leave the MS Bats sites.

4. How does linking to other sites affect my privacy protections?

As a courtesy, MS Bats may provide links to other sites that are neither owned nor controlled by MS Bats. Some of these sites may use the MS Bats logo. These third party sites, however, are NOT subject to or bound by the MS Bats Privacy Policy. Such third party sites may or may not have their own privacy policies and may or may not collect personal information from you or place cookies on your browser. MS Bats is not responsible for the privacy policies or any information collection practices of these sites or any damages resulting there from.

5. What type of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?

The security of the information that you provide to us is very important to us. Consequently, we have taken several measures to protect your information. All transactions involving sensitive information, such as your credit/debit card number and expiration date, are conducted using a SSL (Secure Socket Layer) connection. This connection provides increased security to the information as it is transmitted to our web site.

6. How does MS Bats protect the privacy of children?

MS Bats encourages parents and guardians to spend time with their children online. No information should be submitted to or posted on MS Bats web site by users 13 years old and younger without the consent of their parent or guardian. Unless otherwise disclosed during collection, MS Bats will not provide any personally identifying information, regardless of its source, to any third party for any purpose whatsoever for our users 13 years and younger. If any services or features on the site require registration, a user 13 years old and younger will be required to provide the email of the parent or guardian which will allow us to notify that person that the child has registered for a service or feature. Parental or guardian consent will consist of an email from that person to MS Bats stating that they are aware that the child is using the web site. Identifying a user as 13 or under is not easy and MS Bats will not be held responsible for anyone misrepresenting as over 13 when in fact they are not.

7. MS Bats reserves the right to change or amend this policy.

MS Bats reserves the right to change, amend, or restate this policy.

8. Your affirmative consent to MS Bats collection and use of personally identifiable information.

By using MS Bats website, you are giving us your express consent to use all the information that we collect about you in the manner described in this policy. This includes the release of such information to third parties as described above.

9. Questions or Concerns?

If you have questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please contact our Policy Officer at: [client.phone] or  , , 

 

NatureFest

Families got to visit the Mississippi Bat Working Group booth at the 2017 NatureFest, hosted by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson.  Over 1,400 people attended NatureFest and learned about Mississippi’s natural resources this year!   Volunteers and staff from the Museum provided visitors with the opportunity to see live bats, and the MBWG also brought their photo station and fun activities for kids.   Thanks for all who stopped by to learn more about Mississippi’s wildlife!

Annual Meeting at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The Mississippi Bat Working Group held its 2017 membership and business meeting at the Museum of Natural Science on Thursday, February 9. Over 40 biologists and land managers from state and federal conservation agencies, natural resource graduate students, wildlife rehabilitators, environmental educators, master gardeners, and other bat enthusiasts attended.  There was a full agenda, including research presentations, updates for on-going monitoring within the State, report-outs on the MBWG’s activities and accomplishments in 2016, and planning for the upcoming year.  

Tentative plans for outreach events include hosting a booth at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science’s NatureFest on April 1 and the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Wildlife Festival and BioBlitz in Tupelo, MS on April 22.  The 2017 mist net event will be held in September and potential locations include Copiah or Adams County.  A 2nd Annual Culvert Blitz will be organized for January 2018.  

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Park After Dark

img_7053MBWG members hosted a ‘chiroptophobia’ booth at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science’s ‘Park After Dark’ event on Friday, October 28.  Participants trick-or-treated throughout the museum and learned about the science behind their fears through fun games, challenges, and hands-on exploration stations.  Museum staff and volunteers hosted 2,574 kids and adults at this annual event. (Photo courtesy of Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.)

Wildlife Outdoor Learning Festival at Noxubee NWR

MBWG hosted a booth at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge’s WOLF (Wildlife Outdoor Learning) Festival on September 24.  Families, scout troops, and others from the community came out to the event and learned about Mississippi’s native wildlife.  The MBWG booth featured an informational display along with a mist netting activity where kids could participate in a mock mist-net event.  Catching plastic bats, weighing, measuring, and releasing them gave participants an opportunity to learn about Mississippi’s bats and how biologists study them.

13th Annual MBWG Mist Net Event

The Mississippi Bat Working Group met in Grenada, MS for two nights of mist netting on September 20-21, 2016.  Twenty three biologists, teachers, and other bat enthusiasts netted at Malmaison Wildlife Management Area and Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge in Tallahatchie County, covering four sites each night. A total of 32 bats representing three species were netted over the course of the event.  We’d like to thank all of the people who came out to net and make our 13th mist net event a successful one!   (more…)

Third Annual Multi-State Bat Blitz

Rafinesque's big-eared bat Photo: Kathy Shelton

Photo: Kathy Shelton

The Southeastern Bat Diversity Network’s “Multi-State Bat Blitz” will be held from August 24-31, 2016.  The Blitz is a five-day window in the early fall where people throughout the Southeastern United States mist net in as many locations in each state as possible.  The Bat Blitz is a great opportunity to not only collect more information on Mississippi’s bats, it is also a great outreach opportunity where members can invite the general public to learn more about bats and their conservation.    Read more