Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New York times covers bat disease

This morning I saw that the NY Times has reported on the mysterious bat disease wiping out up to 90% of the bat population in parts of New England. By this evening, it was the second most frequently emailed article in the Times. iIm glad that other people are finding this situation worthy of concern. Unfortunately there wasn't much more information about a cause and a cure than I had unearthed.

In the Adirondacks, mammal specialist Al Hicks was quoted as he was trying for the perfect picture of concentrations of bats: "“It’s just that I know I’m never going to see these guys again,” he said. “We’re the last to see this concentration of bats in our lifetime.”

Addendum: the bat in my previous post is either a big brown or a pipstrelle. The bat in this post is a little brown bat.

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