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In New York, bat detecting is a walk in the park

In New York, bat detecting is a walk in the park

This past summer was a busy one for New York’s Central Park as always, but not just while the sun was out. This year, it was also the site of several very popular nighttime bat walks. In fact, they were so popular that they were sold out!

Hosted by the American Natural History Museum and led by New York City Bat Group volunteers, participants of all ages would gather up around dusk, hold up ultrasonic bat detectors, and hear bats all around them, many of them for the first time. With the help of these ultrasonic bat detectors, including the Echo Meter Touch, participants could not only hear bats which are typically inaudible, but they were also able to see the diversity of species living in the city--something that is not obvious to those that only visit the park during the day. The evenings started near balcony bridge but they ended with a whole new appreciation of the the nocturnal wildlife that occupy New York City at night.

Did you miss out this year? The organization plans on using the Echo Meter Touch and iPads again next year as they expand the program.