Wired Science has an update on the White Nose Syndrome that is decimating the brown bat population in New England and elsewhere. I first wrote about this a year and a half ago and the news isn't getting any better. More than one million bats in 14 states and two Canadian provinces now report infestation. New York has lost more than 90% of their brown bat population.
Bats get a bad rap. They eat tremendous amounts of insects and help pollinate plants. And really, they are a sight to behold at sunset. Check out this amazing video from from Austin, Texas.