The Threat of White Nose Syndrome
The US bat population is in crisis. Over the past seven years, as many as 6.7 million North American bats have succumbed to white nose syndrome, an illness caused by an invasive fungus that originated in Europe. Conservationists warn the loss of these vital insect-eating creatures could have a huge, and costly, impact on US agriculture. Photo Credit: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region via Flickr.