Saving Bats from White-Nose Syndrome

get more from BRO

Biologists search caves and abandoned mines hoping to save bats from white-nose syndrome

From Canada to Oklahoma, scientists are searching caves and mines to determine how a devastating invasive fungal bat disease called white-nose syndrome will behave when it hits native bat populations in the West.

Since 2006, the disease has killed millions of bats and threatens formerly abundant bat populations with extirpation or extinction. The disease is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans and named by the fuzzy spots that appear on the bats’ nose and wings.

It was discovered outside of Albany, NY in 2006 and has spread to 36 states and seven provinces of Canada, wiping out whole colonies of bats. Having ravaged much of the east, white-nose syndrome is now heading west at the rate of one state per year.

Bats play a critical ecological role in pollinating plants and controlling mosquitos and other insects.

More on this topic

Advertisment

in case you missed it

Martin County, Florida: Disconnect to Reconnect

Disconnect to reconnect in Martin County, where seemingly endless Atlantic beaches span nearly 22 miles along the coast and include individual access...

Go Outside and Play: Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Feature Image: Historic Downtown Elizabethtown Corner. Photo courtesy of Elizabethtown Tourism. A WEEKEND IN... Elizabethtown, Kentucky

The Sound of Silence and the Joy of Laughter — on the Upper James River Water Trail

Sometimes we venture out into nature to find solitude. To simply reflect on its beauty. To escape from noise, traffic and the...

Go Outside and Play: Lexington & Rockbridge County

Feature Image: Along the 64 miles of the Upper James River and 10 miles of the Maury River, a 59-mile stretch of...