What eats insects, pollinates plants, spreads seeds, and needs your help? If you said bats, then you are correct!
Bats face a number of threats to their survival. Several species of bats face extinction from white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The name comes from the visible, white powdery fungus that develops around the muzzle and wings of infected bats. First noticed in the U.S. in 2006, WNS has spread to 26 states and five Canadian provinces by spring 2015.
WNS has killed millions of bats in the U.S., and 11 National Parks have confirmed the disease either inside the park or immediately adjacent to it. In fact, scientists predict that more than 100 of our national parks will be in WNS-positive counties by 2025. That means 1 in 4 parks will be affected within the next decade!
Bats in Crisis, a series of three short videos, explains how WNS spreads, what it looks like, and how you can help protect these important animals. Watch them today--it's an easy way to learn more about this devastating disease!
Last updated: April 24, 2015