‘Batstock’ Is Around the Corner!

Batstock is almost here again! Batstock Logo Beginning Friday, Aug. 24, the three-day event will feature live music, bat movie viewings, artesian bat works, live-bat presentations, and a night bat-walk hosted by Joe D’Angeli.

The first event is next Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst: The Meet–A—Bat  &  Bat Movie night Fund-raiser.

Enjoy beverages, snacks, and the company of these friendly, incredibly important  night-flying  mammals. A $5 donation is requested.  For more information on this event and other Batstock events, visit njbatman.com.

"BATSTOCK" is NJ's answer to Batstock Logo 3 International "Bat Night” —a global event highlighting these fascinating animals celebrated world-wide on August 25th 2012.

"BATSTOCK" is the brainchild of bat specialist Joe D'Angeli, Director of The Wildlife Conservation and Education Center, and The Wildlife Conservation Foundation, Inc. – an educational wildlife center dedicated to bat conservation and education.

The bat center is open to the public every weekend throughout the year to bat lovers worldwide. 

In autumn of 2010, the United Nations declared 2011-2012 as International Year of the Bat.

The aim of Year of the Bat is to raise global awareness about bats, bat conservation and the unique role bats’ play in our environment. Bat Conservation International (BCI) in Austin, Texas, EuroBats of Germany, UNEP Convention of Migratory Species (CMS), and dozens of others organizations across the world are planning events in celebration of these flying mammals. 

“As a founding partner for Year of the Bat, BCI is looking forward to the exciting events that will be occurring throughout next year,” said Nina Fascione, BCI’s Executive Director.  “For centuries, negative myths and misinformation have generated needless fears and threatened bats and their habitats. Year of the Bat will help educate people around the world about the benefits of bat and knowledge is the key.”

And bats need more help than ever. Since 2006, millions of hibernating bats have died from a disease known as White-nose Syndrome (WNS), named for a cold-loving white fungus typically found on the faces and wings of infected bats.

WNS causes bats to awaken more often during hibernation and use up the stored fat reserves that are needed to get them through the winter. Infected bats often emerge too soon from hibernation and are seen flying around in midwinter.

These bats usually freeze or starve to death. All proceeds collected will go to White Nose Syndrome research, local bat rehabbers and to bat conservation efforts.

2 thoughts on “‘Batstock’ Is Around the Corner!

  1. Angelo Marra

    Holy Batstock! Live Bats,and The 1966 Original Batmobile on display at DeKorte Park!!! Sounds good to me….

  2. Mickey Raine

    This is a great posting!!!! And deservedly so, for you are all in for a huge treat, kids and adults alike. Nobody will be able to leave without a big smile and learning something fascinating to boot.
    These furry flying critters need to be recognized as important contributors to the the cycle of the environment, and furthermore, to mankind’s endless conveniences . . . So many positives in our lives are the result of bats.
    And for those who have never seen the 1966 Classic Batmobile, you will be in awe . . . Bring your cameras.
    Mickey & Elaine, Friends of Nature’s Wonders


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