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Bronx Bats Talk and Walk

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$50, including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill Members save 10%.
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Join our all-star lineup of experts for a peek at the secret life of bats that live in and migrate through the Bronx. Begin with an indoor presentation on the diversity of urban bats and their importance to our ecosystem, then venture out onto the grounds to search for these nocturnal creatures at Wave Hill using an echo-locator. Bat conservationist Danielle Gustafson, Bradley Klein of the New York City Bat Group and naturalist Gabriel Willow lead this special after-hours program. Come early and enjoy the music on the Great Lawn. Don’t forget your flashlight! Rain date: July 19.

Registration for this event is full.

Space is limited; Adults and children ages 10 and older welcome with an adult.

Registration required, online or by calling 718.549.3200 x251. Questions? Please email us at or call the telephone number and extension above.

Walks follow a route along mixed-material pathways with varying elevations. The walk will take place in the dark; participants should bring a flashlight.

  • Danielle Gustafson

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    Danielle Gustafson

    Trained as a visual artist, Danielle Gustafson launched the New York Stock Exchange’s first website and then grew their digital footprint through 2009, before expanding her scope to start-ups, banking and not-for-profits. While serving as a digital-strategy executive in financial services, she also moonlighted (literally) as cofounder of the NYC Bat Group in 2004. In addition to being the first Executive Director for the EMS FDNY Help Fund, which provides assistance to NYC first Responders in need, she now advocates for broader awareness and study of bats. She believes that the smartphone, in the hands of the citizen scientist, may be the most important conservation tool of the 21st century. Danielle is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She was a fellow at the Whitney Museum of America‘s Independent Study Program, studied e-business strategy at MIT Sloan School of Management and is a Resident at TED. She has been on the Board of Bat Conservation International since 2013 and is currently their Treasurer. She also serves on the Board of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

  • Brad Klein

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    Brad Klein

    Brad Klein is Morning Edition Host/Reporter at WLVR News in the Pocono Mountains. Aside from being an award-winning journalist and producer, Brad is an avid naturalist. And he is a co-founder of the New York City Bat Group. He leads popular nature programs for Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and American Museum of Natural History.

  • Gabriel Willow

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    Gabriel Willow

    Gabriel Willow is a naturalist with a particular passion for birds and urban spaces. He is an environmental educator and ecological tour guide in NYC, where he leads tours and teaches classes for NYC Audubon and Wave Hill, among others. His tours focus on seeking out the overlooked and ignored elements of wildness hiding all around us, ranging from boat trips on the East River and kayaking on Newtown Creek, to seeking the elusive Peregrine Falcons nesting on skyscrapers near Wall Street. He has created programs for Lincoln Center, the Morgan Library and Museum, the NY Botanical Garden and more. He is also an artist, illustrator and DJ.

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