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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a
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:
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.
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.
While many possible causes of White-nose Syndrome (WNS) are being studied, no credible evidence links climate change and WNS.
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.
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