Did you know that bats eat more than 3,000 insects each every night and act as a natural pest control and fertilizer for crops and gardens?
These often-misunderstood animals play a huge part in maintaining the balance of forestlands, agriculture and human health. The bat population is rapidly declining due to the loss of forest habitats, disturbances of their winter hibernation patterns, wind energy development, and disease. A recent threat is the White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease caused by the cold-loving fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The population has declined up to 99 percent and in 2015, the northern long-eared bat was listed as a federally threatened species.
Among other principles, EarthColor’s sustainability commitment focus on responsible forestry, overall environmental protection and resource stewardship. In line with this commitment, our efforts have expanded to saving one small species whose decline can profoundly affect the big picture. We partner with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey to recognize and protect the Northern long-eared bats from becoming nonexistent, and support various events around the state.
Recently, David Podmayersky, EarthColor’s Chief Sustainability Officer attended the Tenth Annual Women & Wildlife Awards Reception & Silent Auction, which honors outstanding women for their contributions to wildlife conservation. At the event, Mackenzie Hall, Wildlife biologist of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation received the 2015 Inspiration Award. Hall has supported and contributed in bat research projects throughout New Jersey.
If you want to learn more about the research efforts, Wildlife Inspiration Award Winner MacKenzie Hall and Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s wildlife ecologist Stephanie Feigin appeared on the Creature Show’s Halloween special. The show is a documentary webseries dedicated to conservation storytelling. The webseries explores their journey to track the Northern long-eared bat. In the video, you can see the enthusiasm when they discovered their first Northern long-eared bat, then showed the process of putting a radio tag on the bat. You can view the video below.
To learn more on the Northern long-eared bats and how you can help save them, visit www.conservewildlifeNJ.org
EarthColor sponsored the transmitters and mist netting for the research team. We also highlight the Conservation Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey in our 2015-2016 Sustainability Report. If you’re interested in receiving a copy, please fill out the form here.