Sustainability Advocate Wants to Help Bats Survive
Victor Alfieri working to protect local bat population. Alfieri, a self-taught sustainability expert, fought for years to keep chickens in his backyard.
Victor Alfieri is working to ensure the survival of local bats because of the important role he says they play in the local ecosystem.
Alfieri is a local sustainability advocate. He successfully fought and won a court case to keep hens on his property. He maintains a website and gives talks regularly on sustainability topics and gardening.
Alfieri said local bats are important step in eliminating the need to spray pesticides.
“Bats are an organic solution to insects,” Alfieri said. “As we start losing bats, in turn, we’re going to have more insects. Unless we start taking care of these beautiful creatures, we’re going to have to start spraying even more.”
Alfieri said bats are suffering from a condition known as white nose syndrome. The condition affects bats’ nervous systems. The disease has reportedly killed more than 1 million bats since it was discovered in 2006.
“This is based on health and sustainability,” he said. “We have to get away from using chemicals and start thinking about the future of the land we’re living on.”
Alfieri wants to install bat houses at the North end of Packanack Lake and at Kilroy Field. Alfieri wants bats to inhabit the houses and study them. He wants to install observation towers and observe the animals’ movements too.
“For us to protect our bats we have to determine what kind of habitat they like,” Alfieri said. “We need to understand what they need and what the best way is to protect them.”
Alfieri is looking for volunteers to help him get the project started. Alfieri is also spearheading the Wayne Community Garden project.
“I want to focus on community and bringing people together,” Alfieri said.