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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Day Flyers

North American bat death toll exceeds 5.5 - 6.7 million from white-nose syndrome.


  1. Just looked up white-nose syndrome. I have never heard of it before and wondered what caused the bats to fly during the daylight. Are you involved with studying this fungus and what can be done to help the bats of NA?

  2. WNS hit Nova Scotia and New Brunswick last year, and while we have already documented significant mortality - we fear the worst is yet to come. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) listed three species of fairly common bats (e.g. Little Brown Bat) as endangered in Canada earlier this year. Alas, little can effectively be done to stem the tide of this disease that may yet make its way to the western provinces. Scientists, governments and conservation groups need to better understand the distribution and ecology of bats before the disease hits. More research on the fungus Geomyces destructans is also required.

  3. Thanks for posting the map. It's most helpful.