Streams

Underreported: Bats and White Nose Syndrome

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bats are not only an iconic symbol of Halloween...they’re also a key part of our ecosystem. We get an update on the white nose syndrome that has been threatening bat populations. Ecologist Merlin Tuttle is founder of Bat Conservation International.

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Comments [6]

Jud from Astoria

Wasn't there an underreported segment on this June 11, 2009? I can't find it on the website.

Jun. 25 2009 03:06 PM
trig from Hastings

how do I attract bats to my bat house?

Nov. 06 2008 02:53 PM
Connie Smith from Westchester

Excellent segment. We have contacted the Bat Conservation Society. There are bats living in our barn. Many years ago, we observed that their population had diminished. Mr. Tuttle suggested that pesticides used on the nearby golf course might be the reason. Now that they have switched to natural products to maintain the golf course the bats have returned, correction... "had returned". (During the summer of 2008, however, we have noticed another dimunition of the population.) Bats are EXTREMELY effective in controlling mosquitos and beneficial to the environment in many ways., as your guest so aptly described. I will follow this subject with great interest. Thank you.

Nov. 01 2008 11:55 AM
Ping Chun from Morristown, New Jersey

As a resident of the Northeast, I'm especially concerned that the loss of hundreds of thousands of bats will be accompanied by an enormous upward spike in the mosquito population. This in turn will increase the odds of becoming a victim of West Nile Disease and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, both of which are active in the Northeastern States and Canada. Active measures to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and to eradicate adult mosquito populations must be undertaken to limit the spread of these viruses.

Oct. 31 2008 01:00 AM
em from nj

Fascinating segment. How do the bats find the caves for hibernating? Do they go back to the same ones every year?

Oct. 30 2008 01:53 PM
Joan from Garrison, NY

Are there other indications corresponding to this--unusual behavior, for example?

Oct. 30 2008 01:47 PM

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