Vermont’s Bats: Why We Should Care
Ended April 25
Sarah Strew
Bats have one of the worst reputations in the animal kingdom. They are maligned in myths and folklore around the world. However, these underappreciated and often misunderstood creatures are crucial to healthy ecosystems and extremely beneficial to humans, performing ecological services such as pest control and plant pollination. But Vermont’s bats are in serious trouble. Many Vermonters have memories of summer evenings spent watching these aerial acrobats dip and dive in pursuit of insects. In the past decade though that scene has changed as bats have been disappearing at an alarming rate. The culprit: white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease devastating North American bat populations. VINS hosts bat enthusiast and rescuer Barry Genzlinger for an evening of learning about these amazing animals and what you can do to help them. Genzlinger will address the impact that white-nose syndrome has had on our bat population and the work being done by his team to save bats at the VT Bat Center.
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