Bats – It’s a Fungus that’s killing them
You may have seen the articles over the last week or so about Bats and White Nose Syndrome. Researchers have confirmed that a fungus is the cause of the disease. The Washingt0n Post has a good article summarizing the findings and talking about the issue:
Now, the question is, can researchers figure out a way to help the bats and combat the fungus before it wipes out our bats.
Some may ask the question, why should I care if we have bats or not? Well, besides bats being awesome in their own right, they also are incredibly important to our food production.
The Washington Post article explains some of the role that they play in keeping insect populations down which in turn helps our farmers.
Bat Conservation International is at the forefront of the issue – support them as you can and sign up for their newsletter to stay on top of the issue:
If you have bats at your house… (well if I had bats at my house I would celebrate but if you have bats and you need advice about how to co-exist with them), you can reach out to Bat World NoVa, a great bat rehabilitation organization in our area: http://www.batworld.org/nova/
Learn more about bats through the Save Lucy Campaign: http://savelucythebat.org/