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Back in our old Urban Homestead, we had build and put up a bat house to attract these wonderful and super helpful creatures.  Well it would seem the bat poplulation in our neck of the woods might be in big trouble.

Researchers in New Brunswick have found some cases of "White-Nose Syndrome" in some hibernating bats in caves.  From what I've read so far, this fungus seems to affect primarily little brown bats, like the ones we had in our little roost.  The fungus disturbs their hibernation patterns, making them wake up during the winter and fly out the mouth of their cave.  Then they basically die off as they can't survive the winter.

Researchers don't really know what causes the disease and there doesn't seem to be a way to combat it yet, other than restricting access to caves so people don't help spread the spores that spread this nasty fungus.  With a disease that can have a mortality rate of 50-90%, these poor little bats need all the help they can get.

I hope something can be done to help the bats, cause I loved watching them at our old urban homestead.  We'd sit on the deck and watch them criss cross the yard eating away ;o)  I'll be keeping an eye out on this issue and hope to introduce some homemade bat roosts next year as we move along with our plans.

For more information on White-Nose Syndrome, check out U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website dedicated to this topic:

http://www.fws.gov/WhiteNoseSyndrome/

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