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Bat White-nose Syndrome: There is a New Fungus Among Us

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March USGS Public Lecture Series
A montage of images relating to white-nose syndrome, including a bat with white-nose, and USGS researchers working in a lab

An outbreak of infectious disease among bats on the order of white-nose syndrome is without precedent, and USGS researchers are working diligently to learn more about its impacts and threats to wild bats

Bat White-nose Syndrome:  There is a New Fungus Among Us

Since first discovered in 2007 in  New York, white-nose syndrome has spread to 16 states, including Virginia and Maryland, and four Canadian provinces. The disease is estimated to have killed over five million hibernating bats.  An outbreak of infectious disease among bats on the order of white-nose syndrome is without precedent, and although insect-feeding wild bats may lack the easily defined monetary value of domestic animals, a recent analysis showed that they provide natural pest control services to American farmers valued at approximately $23 billion per year.  Join us on March 7 to learn about this emergent wildlife disease and to discuss the profound impacts white-nose syndrome may have in the 21st century.

Time: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 • 7-8pmSpeaker: Dr. David BlehertLocation: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20192Phone:  703-648-4748Please

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FREE and Open to the Public

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The USGS public lectures are held monthly in Reston, Virginia. These evening events are free to the public and intended to familiarize a general audience with science issues that are meaningful to their daily lives. USGS speakers are selected for their ability and enthusiasm to share their expertise with an audience that may be unfamiliar with the topic; speakers are encouraged to thoroughly explain the subject matter and to define any words or terms that may be unfamiliar.

The USGS lecture series provides the public an opportunity to interact with USGS scientists and ask questions about recent developments in Natural Hazards; Water; Energy Minerals and Environmental Health; Climate and Land Use Change; Ecosystems; and Core Science Systems. Ultimately, the goal is to create a better understanding of the importance and value of USGS science in action.