Going to Bat for Bats. TFK interviewed Nina Fascione of Bat Conservation International (BCI) and Mollie Matteson of the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) to find out more about white-nose syndrome, the serious disease that is affecting bats.
Find out what these experts have to say about the disease and what you can do to help bats. What do you do for your job at Bat Conservation International? I’m the Executive Director of BCI. White Nose Syndrome of Bats Fact Sheet. July 2016 Update Since Washington’s first case of white-nose syndrome was confirmed in March, WDFW and other state and federal agencies have worked to monitor bat populations and test for Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungus that causes the disease.
So far, all samples collected from live bats and the environment have tested negative for Pd. The Washington State Department of Health receives dozens of bat carcasses each year for rabies testing, and this provides the opportunity to also screen these bats for Pd. As a result, one Silver-Haired Bat recently tested positive for Pd, but did not show signs of white-nose syndrome. This bat was originally collected in the same month and in the same county as the first confirmed Washington case of white-nose syndrome.
For more information on this finding, see the USGS Wildlife Health Bulletin. Indiana Bat, Kids, and Caves - Oh MY! An Activity Book for Teachers. White-nose syndrome information for students and teachers. Vampire Bat. KidZone Bats. [en español] Bat Activities Bat Facts Bat Photos Preschool Kindergarten.
Facts About Bats. Bats are the only mammals that can fly.
They are also among the only mammals known to feed on blood. Common misconceptions and fears about bats have led many people to regard the creatures as unclean disease carriers, but bats are actually very helpful in controlling the population of crop-destroying insects. There are more than 900 species of bats in the world. Some experts estimate the number to be as high as 1,200 species. Bats make up one-fifth of the mammal population on Earth, according toBat Conservation International.
San Diego Zoo Animals & Plants. Bats can be found almost anywhere, except in polar regions and extreme deserts.
They usually rest in large social groups in caves, trees, and man-made structures such as bridges, but some species shelter in animal burrows, termite nests, or even in flowers or giant spiderwebs. Some bats migrate to warmer climates during the winter, while others hibernate. One species travels 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) each year! Basic Facts About Bats. Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight.
With extremely elongated fingers and a wing membrane stretched between, the bat’s wing anatomically resembles the human hand. Almost 1,000 bat species can be found worldwide. In fact, bats make up a quarter of all mammal species on earth! Diet 70% of bats consume insects, sharing a large part of natural pest control.