white nose syndrome

Montana Wildlife
3:10 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Biologists Race To Save Flathead Valley Bats

This long-eared myotis is found only in North America and is susceptible to White Nose Syndrome.
Credit Christian Engelstoft

Bat biologists are in a race against time. A fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome is killing bats by the millions.

Regional biologists are scrambling to collect baseline data on bat habitat, species, and populations before the disease gets a foothold in the northwest. The Canadian government asked conservation groups this summer to help study bats in British Columbia's Flathead River Valley.

Filmmaker Leanne Allison produced a five minute video documenting the resulting “Bat BioBlitz."

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Montana Bats
8:23 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

How hibernacula may help scientists understand a deadly bat disease

White Nose Syndrome has not made it as far west as Montana, it's a disease that has wiped out millions of bats in the eastern US.
Credit Bigfork High School Cave Club

Where bats hibernate, how warm or cold, and how dry or damp the environment is, are questions being asked as researchers and recreationists explore Montana’s caves.

Bat Specialist Dr. Cori Lausen with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada says some species of bats are facing potential extinction because of the White Nose Syndrome which has been decimating bat populations along the east coast, and is spreading west.

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