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White-nose syndrome

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Bats are in double trouble:  Bat species that migrate long distances are being killed in wind turbines, while White-nose syndrome is devastating bat species that migrate shorter distances.  Meanwhile, homeowners routinely kill bats when they find them in their houses.  But we need bats (just not in our attics!), so safe and humane removal can be done via a “bat exclusion.” That's the focus of the Halloween installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room".   

White-Nose Syndrome Seen In Michigan Bats

Apr 10, 2014
Wikipedia Commons

White-nose syndrome is deadly for bats, and the disease has now been reported in bats that hibernate in Michigan.

Eastern Michigan University biology professor Dr. Allen Kurta is a nationally-respected bat expert.  He says Michigan is populated by nine species of bats, five of which spend their winters in caves or abandoned mines here.