Fungus Moves Closer to the Shoals

April 13, 2010

Here’s an article about White Nose Syndrome moving closer to Alabama.

Biologists fear a disease that has sickened bats from Tennessee to New York could make its way to north Alabama within a year.

White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that is typically fatal to bats, has been found in northeast Tennessee. In recent years, the disease has moved south about 175 miles each summer, which could put it in northeast Alabama as early as next winter.

The article highlights one way the public can help. Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, is collecting donations to help pay for white-nose syndrome research in Alabama. Donations can be mailed to the organization at P.O. Box 239, Decatur, AL 35602. Just include “WNS” on your check and your donation will be used for WNS research in Alabama.


Fungus kills 90% of New Jersey Bats

April 13, 2010

Bad news about WNS from New Jersey:

A fungus has killed off about 90 percent of the state’s bat population, according to scientists who recently conducted a count of hibernating bats.

The devastation was shocking in the largest hibernation spot for bats in New Jersey – Morris County’s Hibernia Mine. As many as 30,000 bats normally spend the winter, but a recent count found only about 1,700 alive – and many of those showed signs of infection, said Mick Valent, principal zoologist with the state’s Endangered and Non-game Species Program.