National Bat Week Event to Take Place on Fire Island
National Bat Week was celebrated around locations in Long Island, including our very own Fire Island at the Fire Island National Seashore’s Wilderness Visitor Center. The Creatures of the Night event took place the Friday before Halloween from 5:30-7pm. At the event, guests learned about bats, bat research and other wildlife at Fire Island National Seashore. After an informative indoor presentation, guests took the party outside to listen for bats and other nocturnal creatures. National Bat Week coincides nicely with Halloween, providing some fun to a cause worth shedding light on.
The Fire Island National Seashore is focused on collecting extensive research on bats in order to protect them, using echolocation calls to monitor their activity and distinguish the existence of various bat species. FINS’ “bat detectors” record ultrasonic bat calls from morning until night and are placed in areas bats are predicted to reside in. Fire Island’s National Park Service conducts surveys every year to butter understand the bats.
Dalton Brauer, a Student Conservation Association intern who monitors bats at Fire Island’s park service said in a statement, “Bats are fascinating creatures that should be celebrated. These events are a great way to celebrate the species we’re working to protect.”
Other National Bat Week celebrations on Long Island include Halloween Happenings at 3pm on Halloween Day, Oct. 31, at the Patchogue-Medford Library in Patchogue and at the Central Park Zoo the week before Halloween.
For more information on Fire Island National Seashore’s involvement in bat protection and National Bat Week, click here: https://www.nps.gov/fiis/learn/news/national-parks-on-long-island-celebrate-bat-week.htm.
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