Logan Carter

Logan CarterWinner of the Charles D. Wise Youth Conservation Award: for excellence in conservation practices by a youth under the age of 18

Logan Carter, 13, was awarded the Charles D. Wise Youth Conservation Award for his for his enthusiastic commitment to conservation of Indiana wildlife, especially bats, and to educating others on those animals. His award includes a Youth Conservation Scholarship, which he may use to fund an ecology project that he has designed or wants to participate in.

Logan is one of eight kids nationwide who are part of Bat Squad!, a website series of Bat Conservation International. He also maintains an active social media presence, Batsquad Logan, where he shares his nature adventures and tries to get other kids excited about bats and become active in conservation.

Logan Carter with kidsEqually impressive are Logan’s local conservation efforts. This past summer, at Kennedy Library, more than 100 children and family members came to his Bat Story Time event, co-led by his father Tim Carter, a biologist at Ball State University.

With Red-tail Land Conservancy (RTLC) he led a Pulling for Bats event, where he helped volunteers understand the role of controlling the spread of invasive plants in conserving the natural habitat that bats and other wildlife depend upon for survival. Logan is currently featured on WIPB-TV’s “Rare Indiana” project, which promotes conservation of rare and endangered animals in Indiana.

Logan’s latest project is development of a nature club for kids ages 8-16, in collaboration with RTLC. The goal of this group is to expose local kids to wildlife through fun, hands-on nature activities.

Logan is the son of Jules and Tim Carter, Muncie. His father is Associate Professor of Biology at Ball State University, specializing in endangered or threatened bat species.

Read more about Logan's commitment to bats in a recent issue of BATS Magazine.