Chester O. Martin, Senior Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, was presented an SBDN Certificate of Appreciation in late January 2008 upon the occasion of his retirement after 37 years of federal service. The Certificate, presented before a large gathering of family, colleagues and friends at the Engineer Research and Development Center, cited Chester’s many contributions to bat conservation, education and management including mentoring students and professionals, acting as an advocate for bats on Corps and military installation lands, serving as President of the National Military Wildlife Association, and as founder of the Mississippi Bat Working Group. SBDN members in attendance included Mary Kay Clark, Alison McCartney, Darren Miller, and David Saugey.