The talk covers a general overview of bats (what they are, how they work, how diverse they are), a look at the bats we have here in NJ, how bats can be beneficial to humans, myths and misconceptions about bats, threats to bats, and what we can do to help combat those threats. Ethan’s hope with this talk is to show attendees that bats are our friends (not something to fear).
Ethan Gilardi is a student of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. In addition to working with Red Knots in the Delaware Bay region for three years, he has worked with The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ on their bat projects the last four years. He is currently the seasonal mammal technician with the Endangered and Non-Game Species Division of NJ Fish & Wildlife, continuing his work netting, tracking, and studying bats throughout the state.
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of New Jersey’s endangered and threatened wildlife and the habitats they depend on. We carry out our mission by researching and managing rare animal species, restoring habitat, educating New Jersey’s residents, and engaging volunteers in our conservation projects.