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Saving the Northern Long-Eared Bat

Northern Long-Eared Bat

by Lori Duff

It was the dead of winter in 2008 when bat carcasses began appearing on the driveways and lawns of Vermont residents across the state. Mysteriously, hibernating bats began awakening in droves, flying into the night, and dying in sub-zero temperatures.

This marked the beginning of an epidemic, soon identified as white-nose syndrome. The highly infectious disease has now decimated Vermont’s most common bat species by about 90 percent. Scientists are scrambling to research and understand the disease. In the meantime, forest management decisions made by landowners can directly impact bats’ survival. Read more.

(Above, a Northern Long-Eared Bat. Photo courtesy of VT Fish & Wildlife.)

 

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