Last week on our blog we introduced the Bats in Crisis series produced by the National Park Service. This video series revolves around a deadly fungal disease hitting the bat populations of North America called White Nose Syndrome.
In the first video last week, the National Park Service explained why bats are so important to our environment and why we should all care about what is happening to them. In this next video they explain how White Nose Syndrome first appeared in North America, where it was spotted, when it showed up, and how they are tracking it’s movement.
White Nose Syndrome first began in bats in Europe and no one is quite certain how it got to North America. Veterinarians from the National Park Service explain in the video below how it affects bats and why it is killing them.
To date, White Nose Syndrome has killed over six million bats. These numbers are staggering and projected only to grow as White Nose Syndrome has only made it to the mid-west thus far.
Bats in Crisis – White Nose Syndrome
The video below is provided by the National Park Service. Here are their words on this deadly disease:
“White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a disease caused by a fungus, Geomyces destructans, that is threatening cave-hibernating bat populations in our national parks. Learn more about white-nose syndrome and the efforts different parks, such as Mammoth Cave National Park and Lava Beds National Monument, are making to identify and respond to this deadly disease. With your help, we hope to minimize the risk of the spread of white-nose syndrome to protect these wonderful creatures for future generations to enjoy. Visit the white-nose syndrome website.“
Please enjoy the video and don’t miss next week when we discuss the conclusion of the series, “Response”.
Your local bat removal expert,