Bats and White Nose Syndrome
As many of you know, our bat population is being obliterated by a disease called White Nose Syndrome.
I received an action alert from Bat Conservation International which is working to get funding for scientists to research and combat the disease. Here is their alert, if you would like to take action as well:
Thanks to all of you who wrote your Senators a few months ago asking them to support the Wildlife Disease Emergency Act, which would expedite the federal government’s response to wildlife disease crises. The bill is still undergoing review.
Now we need your help again. Congress is preparing the federal budget, and White-nose Syndrome is one of many causes vying for a share of the shrinking pool of federal funds. But despite tight finances, the White-nose Syndrome epidemic cannot be ignored.
As you did last year, please urge your Congressional Representatives to support funding in next year’s federal budget to combat White-nose Syndrome.
Writing to Congress is easy. Click here for a sample letter and your members’ contact information. Feel free to tailor the letter to your own style and to describe how much bats mean to you.
We appreciate your support and continued action. Your participation is critical in helping members of Congress understand the gravity of White-nose Syndrome to our nation’s bats and its impact on our ecosystems and economy.
Unfamiliar with this horrible plague that’s wiping out our bats? Here’s a link that explains it and shows how it’s marching from North to south, east to west. It hit Virginia last year and hit Kentucky this year.