White-nose syndrome and bat conservation
Guest Blogger February 11, 2010
At this time of year when winter prevails in the northern hemisphere, our local bats are either deep in hibernation or enjoying warmer climes closer to the equator. But since 2008, the hibernation season has been depressing for bat biologists because of the emergence of White-nose Syndrome, a fungus infection that disrupts the hibernation patterns of bats. WNS is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of bats at hibernation sites (caves and abandoned mines) at many sites in the American northeast.