Unprecedented Northeast Bat Die-off Spreading Rapidly

“People are starting to comb through old historic records to see,
but there is no evidence that I know of anywhere in the fossil record,
or in recent recorded history, of a die-off of this nature in bats.”

– DeeAnn Reeder, Ph.D., Bucknell University

 

Little Brown Bat hibernating in West Virginia cave has white ring of the fungal genus Geomyces  around its nose and on its ears. Image © 2009 by Craig W. Stihler, Ph.D., West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources.
Little Brown Bat hibernating in West Virginia cave has white ring of the fungal genus Geomyces  around its nose and on its ears. Image © 2009 by Craig W. Stihler, Ph.D., West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources.

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February 26, 2009  Vicksburg, Mississippi and Lewisburg, Pennsylvania -  One year ago in February 2008, I reported at my news website, Earthfiles.com, about thousands of sick and dead cave-dwelling bats in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. [ See 022908 Earthfiles.]

 

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