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White-nose syndrome poetry

Take a minute for a small rhyme, courtesy of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee, about this truly awful problem we’re facing: There once were some bats here among us, whose noses grew white with a fungus. Each time they flew home, they spread the syndrome. And the problem is now quite humongous.

From the Front Lines in Pennsylvania

Much Like Susi…..I have never written a blog before, or ever even found myself chatting to anyone online other than emails…and most them are work related. Arrrg! All those emails that fill my inbox every day with death and disaster are enough to quell anyone’s spirit. So, taking a look back several years ago at the state of Pennsylvania and our bat program, we had been concentrating on protecting significant hibernacula (underground caves and mines where bats spend the winter) from internal disturbances. We were having tremendous success. Bat numbers were on the rise, and even the endangered...

Visit to a New Hampshire Bunker (March 2010)

Ok, bear with me folks. I’m an endangered species biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and this is my first blog – ever. So – deep breath – here goes. Yesterday was a good day in my WNS-filled life! Through a chance meeting with a New Hampshire state parks biologist, I was told that there is a possible hibernaculum in a World War II bunker. So, yesterday the two of us checked it out, it’s really cool – full of old pipes, wires, bits of machinery and best of all – cold, dark rooms with cracks and fuzzy ceilings, just perfect for bats to hang out on. The doors were sealed to keep...