Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hang in there, Bats: A bad news/good news update

Mindful Echo continues the scary story about bats.

Remember back around Hallowe'en when I shared that terrifying story about bats? The one that indicated that the number of brown bats found in Atlantic Canada had dropped from 7,000 to 22 since 2011? (Yes 7,000 to 22.)

Well, the bad news is that this past winter we lost even more. New Brunswick researchers have only been able to locate 13. THIRTEEN. It's truly, truly heartbreaking. At this point the Maritimes can say goodbye to the wee bats and only hope that the region will see a re-population sometime in the very distant future (if ever). Female bats only reproduce a single pup per year so the process will be slow at best.

But not all is lost! There's good news yet!

Researchers at Georgia State University are working to inhibit the growth of the white-nose fungus by using the bacteria Rhodococcus rhodochrousin. 
In the winter of 2015, 150 bats were found to have survived in caves in Kentucky and Missouri.

We should be grateful to the researchers who are working to save endangered populations like these. This glimmer of hope is something to hold on to when we worry about the animals with whom we share our planet.

And to the tiny surviving bats. Well done and hang in there, guys!


Green Bean said...

I had no idea that females reproduce so slowly. One a year!! What was an absolute tragedy has gotten even worse. Hopefully this bacterium thing will help! Thanks for the update. I <3 bats.

Betsy Escandon said...

So glad there are people dedicated to preserving these endangered species. Thanks for covering this.


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