To read an article entitled, "Battling white-nose syndrome in bats" please click on the following link:
It is great to see the United States Federal Government getting involved in helping bats in the United States!
"White-nose syndrome (WNS) was first noted among dead and hibernating bats found in caves near
Albany, New York, by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
beginning in February 2007. Affected bats had a white substance on their face and wings.
In early 2008, “white-nosed” bats were once again seen in sites where bats hibernate
(hibernacula). Since March 2008, biologists estimate that over a million bats have died
from this disease, many of which have been little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). White-nose
syndrome mortality has been documented in 13 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest,
and in 2 Canadian provinces (Ontario and Quebec)."
For those of you who do not know, bats are a very essential animal in our World! These animals
pollinate certain species of trees in this World, (and are the only pollinators for these trees: "(for
instance the the African baobab tree and the Australian ironwood. "Many important tropical
fruits, such as wild bananas, avocados, figs and mangoes, are dispersed mostly by bats"
(source:http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/Mammals/BatsofColorado/TheImportanceofBats.htm ) In addition, "Fruitbats also disperse plant seeds to new places and
habitats". (source:http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/mammal/eutheria/chirolh.html ) and these
species is especially important in controlling insect populations (especially insects known
to feed on human crops."In temperate and tropical ecosystems, bats are the main consumers of night-flying insects."