On March 25, 2010, SBDN was recognized by the U.S. Forest Service with a prestigious 2010 Wings Across the Americas Award for its leadership and participation in bat conservation through Bat Blitzes on National Forest and other public lands. The awards ceremony occurred during the 75th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Darren Miller, President of SBDN, accepted the award on behalf of SBDN from Tom Tidwell, Chief of the Forest Service (Darren’s acceptance speech – PDF).
In addition to recognizing SBDN, the Forest Service honored 10 “Partners” with individual awards. These partners played a significant role in Bat Blitzes and include Jackie Belwood, Tim Carter, Mary K. Clark, Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell, Dennis Krusac, Susan Loeb, Darren Miller, Joy O’Keefe, Blake Sasse, and David Saugey. In addition, 28 Forest Service employees and 27 additional partners representing academia, biological consultants, museums and state and federal agencies received certificates among whom were Lynda Mills, Megan York-Harris, Sybill Amelon and Gary Peters.