White-nose Syndrome (WNS)

Yes. Bats are being found beneath wind turbines all over the world. Bat fatalities have now been documented at most wind facilities in the U.S. and Canada and it is estimated that tens to hundreds of thousands die at wind turbines in North America each...
In general, bats seek out a variety of daytime retreats such as caves, rock crevices, old buildings, bridges, mines and trees. Different species require different roost sites. Some species, such as the Mexican free- tailed and gray bats live in large...
Yes, but not in most of the United States. Of the three species of vampires in North America, only a single specimen has been recorded for the United States in extreme southwest Texas. Vampires do not suck blood--they make a small incision with their...
Once they locate an insect by echolocation, they often trap it with their wing or tail membranes and then reach down and take the insect into their mouth. This action, as well as the chase, results in the erratic flight most people are familiar with when...
The services they provide the agricultural industry by eating insects have been estimated to be worth anywhere from $3.7 billion to $53 billion per year, according to a study by the University of Pretoria (South Africa), USGS, University of Tennessee and...
No, this study did not account for the detrimental effects of pesticides on ecosystems nor the economic benefits of bats suppressing pest insects in forests, both of which may be considerable. Learn More: News Release: Bats Worth Billions to Agriculture...
Thousands of people have visited affected caves and mines since White-nose Syndrome (WNS) was first observed, and there have been no reported human illnesses attributable to WNS. We are still learning about WNS, but we know of no risk to humans from...
Scientists believe that White-nose Syndrome (WNS) is transmitted primarily from bat to bat. There is a strong possibility that it may also be transmitted by humans inadvertently carrying the fungus from cave to cave on their clothing and gear. Read More...
While many possible causes of White-nose Syndrome (WNS) are being studied, no credible evidence links climate change and WNS. Weather conditions in caves and mines where bats hibernate were stable during when WNS emerged, and no data show changes in...
An extensive network of state and federal agencies is working to investigate the cause, source and spread of bat deaths associated with White-nose Syndrome (WNS), and to develop management strategies to minimize the impacts of WNS. The overall WNS...