Thursday, August 21, 2014

Batstock 2014


  For the fourth year the  Wildlife Conservation & Education Center of Ridgefield Park will sponsor Batstock. This is an annual three day event to bring awareness to the need for protect a healthy bat population for Northern New Jersey, as well as all of North American.  "Bat stock" a three day festival of Peace, Love, and Bats  started in 2011 by Joe D’Angeli  of the Wildlife Conservation & Education Center of Ridgefield Park to raise funds to help find a cure for  " White Nose Syndrome" (WNS). The condition of White Nose Syndrome is a disease first discovered in New York caves around 2006 and  is causing a decline in  the bat population in the Eastern part of the United States. WNS is a fungus infection which cause a white growth on the nose of hibernating bats. This causes the bats to awaken in midwinter and look for food. Since most bats food is not available in the colder months these bats will starve to death, or circum to the cold weather on the outside of their cave.  The fungus also damages some of the connective tissue, muscle, and skin of those bats infected. 
    With a decline in the bat population there will be an increase in the growth of many flying insects including  moths, beetles, and mosquitoes. An increase of  these insects can affect an area in multiple ways. Some effects can be the destruction  of crops,and native plants along with the spreading of human disease like " West Nile Virus" and general discomfort from mosquitoes bites.  
   This year Batstock 2014 will be a three day event in various locations. The first will be on Sunday 31- August at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. This will also be International Bat Night and will offer an " Bat Walk" by Mr.  D’Angeli  along the trails of the Teaneck Creek. This event is schedule to start at 7:00p and go until 9:00p  Tickets are $10 and $5 for members.  This is located at 20 Puffin way , Teaneck, NJ. For more information please visit their web site at:
  The second night will be on   Friday 19- September at The Meadowlands Environmental Center, LyndhurstNJ.  This event will begin at 6:00p with movies & live animal presentations. This fundraiser  will have  Joe D’Angeli  New Jersey’s “Bat-Man”, in an intimate “meet and greet-a-bat”  Enjoy drinks and snacks, movies, and the company of these friendly incredibly important  night flying mammals.And a visit from the  "Gotham Crime Fighter Car". Admission is $5.oo 
For more information call (201)257-2231 or visit Meadowlands web site at:
  The final night will be on Saturday 20- September with a concert at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ  A concert event like no other- filled with  bands Including “Saddle Brook School of Rock” 
SPECIAL GUESTS “BARON MISURACA’s VAMPIRE LOUNGE”, NJ’s Hard Rockin “PUMP CITY”, Classic Rock from “TOMORROW’S MONEY”, and direct from CHILLER THEATRE-“THE DEAD ELVI”   Also an appearance from The Gotham Crime Fighter Car as well as DJ’s, Artists & vendors- including “SCREAMIN’ INK TATTOOS” , WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED PARAMUS, BAT FACTORY, and NJBATMAN all with batty items for sale, and bat artwork. There kitchen  will be serving food during the concert.

Advanced tickets and table reservations are recommended.
Tickets are $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance from or from OR in person @
The Wildlife Conservation and Education Center, Ridgefield Park, NJ  (201) 257-2231 or visit their website at

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 Scenes from Batstock 2013

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