Thursday, September 16, 2010

Where are all the bats?

Have you noticed fewer bats around this year? I've talked to several people who have. What's happened to them? Susi von Oettingen of the Northeast Field Office, US Fish and Wildlife Service, will visit the library on Thursday, September 23, at 7 pm to answer this and other questions about "Bats of the Northeast".

Susi and other biologists have been studying white nose syndrome in bats, a disease of unknown origin which causes physiological changes, erratic behavior and, eventually, death in portions of the bat population from Tennessee to New England. You can see the bats' white noses in the photo. Biologists have been examining caves and the bats in hopes of identifying the source of the syndrome and ways to combat and prevent it. Loss of the bats, which eat mosquitos, would upset an ecological balance.

Please join us for this interesting presentation. Bats need love, too! You can register here, or call 424-5021.

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