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White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats

People are being asked to report bat sightings to 1-866-727-3447 or batconservation.ca. White-nose syndrome, a fatal infection caused by a cold-climate fungus, has killed millions of bats throughout northeastern North America in just a few years.

People are being asked to report bat sightings to 1-866-727-3447 or batconservation.ca. White-nose syndrome, a fatal infection caused by a cold-climate fungus, has killed millions of bats throughout northeastern North America in just a few years.

HALIFAX – If you see bats, please report them and help track the status of Nova Scotia's bat population.

Nova Scotians can report bat sightings at www.batconservation.ca or by calling 1-866-727-3447 (toll-free). Last year, more than 1,000 bat sightings were reported to the website and hotline, which are hosted by the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute.

"This year, we are also asking the public to help us monitor roosting sites, where bats congregate to birth and raise their young," said Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute wildlife biologist Brad Toms. "People who reported roosting sites, either this year or last, are being asked to monitor those sites twice this year, once in July and once in August. It will only take about an hour, from just before sunset to just after dark."

White-nose syndrome, a fatal infection caused by a cold-climate fungus, has killed millions of bats throughout northeastern North America in just a few years.

After a 95 per cent decline at five mainland winter hibernation sites, the government designated the little brown Myotis, the northern Myotis and the tri-coloured bat under the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act last year.

Although there is no proven danger to humans from white-nose syndrome, bats can carry diseases and people should not handle them.

More information on monitoring roosting sites can be found on the website.

 

Organizations: Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, North America, Northern Myotis

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  • Sue
    June 08, 2014 - 12:33

    Here here Mr Beebat, and what about the herbicides being sprayed along the road sides and power lines where Bats typically hang out. Stop The Poisoning and the natural critters may prevail if too much damage has not been done already.

  • mr beebat
    June 03, 2014 - 15:29

    [quote ] White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats [end quote ] ummmm are are you sure its not being caused by all the pesticides being sprayed on the million + acres of blueberry land and other crops .... its pretty sad when you have to truck in bees to pollinate crops and have them gone just in time to spray some more poison ...... lies lies lies