Another Pollinator At Risk

by on September 8, 2009

White-nose Syndrome

We’ve had a crash course in pollinators since Colony Collapse Disorder made the headlines and bees started dying and disappearing in record numbers. Now comes grim news about another pollinator: bats.

Hundreds of thousands of bats in the northeast—from Vermont to Virginia—have died in the last three years from a mysterious white fungus that clings to their face and wings. In most caves, 75 to 100 percent of the bats died, and the disease continues to spread. Scientists are trying to figure out how to save the bats, but so far white-nose syndrome has baffled them.

Bats not only pollinate our favorite garden plants, but also eat mosquitoes, beetles, moths, and other insects that harm garden and farm crops.

You can help. If you see a large group of dead bats, call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 800-344-9453.

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