Urban areas are important for the survival of many bat species. Amanda Bevan from Organization for Bat Conservation is taking the message of bat conservation to the people in 10 cities.
This winter Dr. Susan Loeb of the U.S. Forest Service and Clemson University and Assistant Professor David Jachowski of Clemson University will set out to learn whether tricolored bats that use winter roosts other than caves and mines are susceptible to a white nose syndrome in the coastal plains and forests of North and South Carolina.
Ten years ago, a mysterious illness, now known as white-nose syndrome, started killing hibernating bats in the Northeast. While the disease has devastated bat populations, the Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners have learned a lot in the last decade and hope to control the disease in the future.