Tonight on Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Field Guide will share an in-depth report on the white-nose syndrome affecting bats in the Northeast since 2006. Bat populations in the Northeastern United States have declined by as much as 80 percent (~5.5 million bats) due to this mysterious disease.
Between 2006 and 2016, white-nose syndrome has spread across much of the Northeast. Source: Whitenosesyndrome.org
When white-nose was discovered in Washington State last year, bat researchers immediately mobilized to take stock of the area bat populations to help combat the spread of the disease. In support of this effort, Sitka has been working with USGS to assist with the implementation of the studies using the Sitka-built MonitoringResources.org application.
If you’re not able to tune in to tonight’s broadcast, check out this article and podcast on OPB.org.