Congress Warned About White Nose Syndrome

Mexican free-tailed bat.  Photo Credit:  USDoT

Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis). Photo Credit: USDoT

Experts testified before Congress last Thursday, warning them of a fungus that is destroying bat populations in the United States.  Called White Nose Syndrome (WNS) due to its distinctive white speckles, this fungus was first discovered in Albany, NY in 2007, but could spread across the US in a few years.  Researchers are concerned that the fungus is about to reach the Midwest and Southeast where the largest bat populations reside in the US.  If WNS spreads it would not only be an ecological disaster, but would also be an economic disaster.  Bats are extremely efficient insect eaters and are key to controlling insect populations.  For more information on WNS, check out the USGS.

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2 Comments on “Congress Warned About White Nose Syndrome”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Interesting. I didn’t know about this. Thank you!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    wow that is soo interesting i haven’t even heard of that before

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