Happy Bat Week!
We’re joining conservation partners across North America this week to celebrate bats. These fascinating animals are vital to a healthy environment, but since 2006 millions of bats have died from a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leads the nation’s response to this deadly disease, awarding almost $20 million in grants to states, federal agencies and researchers.
One of the projects we funded is a study to determine overwinter survival and behavior of little brown bats and northern long-eared bats at Aeolus Cave in Vermont.
Researchers from the states of Vermont and New York, along with Vesper Environmental, LLC are using high-tech equipment to study bat movements there.
Tiny passive inducible transponders (PIT tags) glued to the backs of bats emit a unique signal identifying individual bats when they fly through an antenna array at the cave’s entrance.
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