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The Bat Specialists

Laura Finn,, Founder

Thomas Finn, co-founder

Background, Education & Training


· JLA Clearance (August 2006 -per Jessica Lunsford Act)

· USDA Level 2 Clearance                                                                  

· Rabies immunization

Professional Activities

· 2000-2005: Founder & Coordinator, Bats in Buildings Program (BIB) (a Bat Conservation International program)

· 2001 Co-chair, Florida Committee on Rare & Endangered Plants & Animals (FCREPA)

· 2000  planning committee for 30th North American Symposium on Bat Research (NASBR) held in Miami, FL 

· 2000  organized and attended one-week Anabat Field Training led by expert Mike O’Farrell

· 1999 & 2000  Chair, FCREPA

· 1998  Co-Chair, FCREPA

· 1998 ®:American Zoological Association Bat Taxon Advisory Group

· 1996:  Bats in Buildings Workshop IFAS, Gainesville, FL

· 1995 ® The Southeastern Bat Diversity Network  (Laura was one of the founding members)

· 1993: planning committee for 23rd NASBR held in Gainesville, FL

· 1990:®  North American Symposium on Bat Research (NASBR)

Certificates & Awards

· NEW***  2009 Best of Osteen Award Wildlife Conservation, U.S. Local Business Association. (USLBA),  Washington, DC

· 2008 Best of Osteen Award, USLBA, Washington, DC

· 2004 Bat House Hall of Fame, Bat Conservation International (BCI) - NA Bat House Research Project (NABRP)

· 2001 Distinguished Research Associate, Honorary Lifetime Status Award - BCI NABRP

· 1999 Distinguished Research Associate, Special Achievement Award- BCI NABRP

· 1997 Outstanding Scientific Presentation Florida Academy of Sciences (FAS)

· 1997 University of Florida Sigma Xi Award

· 1996 Explorers Club AwardBest student paper - 60th FAS meeting

· 1987-2000: Annual Training Certifications for OSHA Hazard Awareness, Lead Abatement, etc (Thomas Finn)

Laura Seckbach Finn (LSF), the founder of Fly By Night, Inc, received a Bachelors in Zoology (1989) and a Masters degree in Biology (1997) from the University of Central Florida.   Her masters research concerned bats in buildings (urban bats) and the use of bat houses by central Florida bat species.  The study focused on roost choice, preferred microclimate and bat house design == it was the first large scale bat house study in Florida (see BatHouses).  Laura was also the first to study the roosting behavior of Southeastern big-eared bats in Florida (see Research).  Thomas Finn (TGF) is a former high steel painter / sandblaster, vested IUPAT  Journeyman (International Union of Painters and Allied Trades) and a master rigger.  Tom is considered a specialist in the conservation & management of urban bats, roost mitigation and artificial habitat.  They have dedicated their lives to the study, conservation & protection of bats, since 1990.