Cape May in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Bats on the Move
—Wildlife Migration —
New Jersey has nine species of bats. The red bat, hoary bat, and silver-haired bat migrate south for the winter. Similar to patterns of migratory birds, these bats cross the Delaware Bay and follow the Atlantic Coastline until they arrive in the warmer areas of the southeastern United States. There, insects are more plentiful and hibernation is shorter. In the spring, they return to their summer roosts in the north.
Many of New Jersey’s more common bats, such as the big brown bat and the little brown bat, migrate to winter roosts in mines, caves, and buildings within a few hundred miles of their summer roosts. Ideal winter roosts are cool enough to lower the bats’ metabolism without freezing them and moist enough to prevent dehydration.
Protecting migratory and resident bat populations, their roosts, and their summer and winter habitats helps to control mosquitoes and many agricultural pests.
Erected by State of New Jersey – Division of Parks & Forestry.
Location. 38° Touch for map. Marker is in Cape May Point State Park, at the northeast end of the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May NJ 08204, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ridges, Rivers and Coastlines (a few steps from this marker); Shorebirds Galore (within shouting distance of this marker); Flipper and Friends (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); What is it? (about 300 feet away); Swarms of Dragonflies (about 500 feet away); Fragile Flyers (about 500 feet away); All Shapes, Sizes and Materials (about 700 feet away); Cape May Lighthouse (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape May.
More about this marker. Four photographs of bats appear on the marker. A set of three of these photos have a caption of “The red bat (Lasiurus borealis ) is one of the few bat species to have more than one offspring. This adult female roosts with her young on a tree branch. To study their migration, researchers capture bats in mist nets (left). A small identification band is attached to the bat’s wing (right) before it is released. If the bat is found later, the band will help identify where it came from.”
Under a photo of a bat on the right of the marker is the caption, “Bats use echolocation, the process of bouncing sound off of an object, to find its insect prey. A single little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) can consume up to 600 mosquitoes in an hour.”
Also see . . . New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 30, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.