If you know of any bat roosts in the Meadowlands, please read this post. Conservationists need your help.
MacKenzie Hall of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey writes:
In 2009, New Jersey Summer Bat Count data helped us measure the impact of White-nose Syndrome on NJ's bats. How many bats had died? Would the survivors be able to heal and to raise young? The answers may be more complex than we imagined. Read our 2009 report here ( Download Cwnj_3.
Information from citizen scientists is just as important this year, whether the bats at your roost site have increased, decreased, or disappeared altogether.
More information follows.
If you look north from the southern edge of the Saw Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area, you can still see the remains of an old White-Cedar forest, where — legend has it — pirates used to hide after raiding boats in New York Harbor.
The NJMC’s Angelo Urato took the above photo last week.
The forest was burned in the late 1700s-early 1800s (depending on which source you consult) in an effort to drive out the pirates.