Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation Donation

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Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation

Awesome 3D Cards is pleased to support bat conservation by donating 25% of our Austin "Bat Bridge" card retail sales to Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation organization.

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Fun Bat Facts

  • Bats comprise one-fifth of the world’s mammal species
  • One bat can catch 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour
  • Mexico's entire tequila industry relies on bats to pollinate the single species of agave plant used to make tequila
  • Austin's Congress Avenue bridge is home to the world's largest urban bat colony
  • Austin's first minor-league professional hockey team was the "Austin Ice Bats", named after the bats that live under the Congress Avenue Bridge
  • "Bat Tourism" was estimated in 2011 to add $10 Million to the Austin economy 
Brazilian free-tailed bat

Why Awesome 3D Cards is Supporting Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation

Awesome 3D Cards is proud to be an Austin company serving businesses in Austin and worldwide.  Our 3D pop-up cards Delight, Impress, and Surprise those who see them - just like Austin's bats!

When you think of Austin, what comes to mind?  The beautiful capitol building?  Longhorn football?  SXSW, ACL, or any one of literally hundreds of live music performances that give rise to Austin's claim of being the "live music capital of the world?

Tourists watching bats

What about a visit to the Congress Avenue bridge to watch the bats emerge at dusk?  We live in Austin and delight in the nightly spectacle whenever we get a chance to witness it.

Since Awesome 3D Cards feature icons of client businesses, what better way is there to show off a card that is uniquely Austin than with one paying homage to our insect-chomping, tourist-attracting, economy-boosting summer residents?

"Donating 25% of the retail price of our Austin "Bat Bridge" cards to Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation effort is something we are happy to be able to do in support of something so important to Austin and the world."

 -- Harlow Russell, Founder and President,  Awesome 3D Cards

About Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation

Meet Dr. Tuttle

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation (MTBC) inspires bat conservation worldwide.  Dr. Merlin Tuttle has over 60 years of experience studying and photographing bats and he has led bat conservation efforts internationally for decades.  Through the global impact of his unique photography and communication, people first began to appreciate bats as safe, invaluable, even cute, and likable.

Merlin and Zuri.
Commissarisi's long-tongued bat, Glossophaga commissarisi

The Many Benefits of Bats

Bat colonies are globally essential to environmental health. Nevertheless, they are in alarming decline.

Bats are the primary controllers of vast numbers of night-flying insects.  If bat decline is not reversed, we could face dire consequences such as billions of dollars of agricultural and forestry losses in single countries, dramatically increased reliance on pesticides that can cause cancer and dementia, increased threats from mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile and Malaria, and loss of billion-dollar-a-year crops for lack of bat pollinators.

MTBC's Work

MTBC provides clear, science-based explanations to dispel fear and help people benefit from conserving bats. A prime example is Austin's own Congress Avenue bridge.  When bats began taking up residence under the renovated bridge, misinformed health officials warned they were mostly rabid and dangerous. Fearful citizens began signing petitions to have the bats eradicated. But when Dr. Tuttle put fears in perspective and explained bat values, the bats were protected.

Today, 1.5 million bats are enthusiastically welcomed to their summer residence under the bridge. These bats attract millions of tourist dollars each summer, consume tons of insect pests nightly, and have harmed no one. Austin is now proud of its bat-friendly fame.

Brazilian free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)
Fruit bat
Brazilian free-tailed bat
Townsend's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii)
Mariana flying fox, Pteropus mariannus

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25% of the revenues from the Austin "Bat Bridge" card sales will be donated to Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation.