White-nose syndrome news

Bat Week is October 25-31!

Second Annual Bat Week Set to Launch Nationwide Ambitious goal to produce thousands of bat houses seeks to inspire the public to save embattled bat populations October 14, 2015: Washington, D.C. – Today the Bat Week organizing team, comprised of representatives from multiple conservation organizations, federal agencies and business, announced details for the second annual Bat Week. The celebratory week, which will be October 25-31, includes a Signature Event on Capitol Hill, a week long social media campaign aimed to engage and educate the public on bats, and a Guinness World Record...

Hibernating bats mount a partial immune response against white-nose syndrome

October 1, 2015 CONTACT: Ken Field, e-mail: kfield@bucknell.edu, phone: +1.570.577.3814 Since it was first discovered in North America in 2007, white-nose syndrome has killed more than 5.7 million bats. In the northeast, bat populations have been devastated, declining to less than 5 percent of their former numbers in some regions. But new research from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., may finally shed some light on the disease that remains very much a mystery. “We’ve been trying since 2007 to identify treatments to help the bats defend themselves against white-nose...