Saturday, April 19, 2008
Science Friday Archives: Bat Die-Off Mystery: "Wildlife experts are trying to determine what's causing hibernating bats in the Northeast to die en masse. The condition has been dubbed 'white-nose syndrome,' after a white fungus seen on bats' noses -- but scientists aren't sure if the fungus is causing the deaths, or is just a symptom indicating the presence of some other disease. So far, white-nose syndrome has been identified in bat caves in New York, southwest Vermont, northwest Connecticut and western Massachusetts. Tens of thousands of bats have died. Little brown bats, Indiana bats, northern long-eared, eastern pipistrelle, small-footed and other bat species have all been affected."