Posted 18 January 2012 - 03:25 PM
5.7 million bats in 16 states and Canada, providing alarming new numbers about the scope of its decimation.
White nose is caused by a fungus that prompts bats to wake from their winter hibernation and
die after they fly into the cold air in a doomed search for insects.
First detected in a cave west of Albany in 2006, white nose has spread to 16 states from the
Northeast to the South and as far west as Kentucky. It also has been detected in four Canadian provinces.
Bats provide tremendous value to the U.S. economy as natural pest control for American farms and forests every year, while playing an essential role in helping to control insects that can spread disease to people," said agency director Dan Ashe."
From an old song- "Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing."
Bees, now bats.
Plan for a boatload of insects and very few flowers.
This site has the numbers even higher.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:23 PM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:08 PM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:06 AM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:24 AM
were as bad as Houston's. Very muggy, with mosquitoes. And that's with bat control--it would be awful if the bats weren't around!
area last year.
But we still need bats, insects or not.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:36 PM
Kind of reminds you of the bee problem, doesn't it?
Posted 21 January 2012 - 07:58 AM
Posted 21 January 2012 - 08:42 AM
Posted 08 February 2012 - 03:04 AM
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announced today that they have confirmed the disease in bats
at three Breckinridge County caves.
Last winter at the end of the survey season, white-nosed syndrome was confirmed in a cave located in Trigg County, in southwestern Kentucky. This was the first documentation of the disease in the state.
The disease has killed between 5.7 million to 6.7 million cave-dwelling bats in eastern North America in recent years."
Posted 27 February 2012 - 08:44 AM
i'm downloading designs for bat shacks/houses/roosts
i'm thinking that, if i spread them out in the trees, and attach some to the buildings where i can bleed a little heat for them in really cold winters(aim for 50 degrees, and look for above freezing--------------probably means making the outside walls of the house about 2 inches thick or more---and i saved a lot of 2,3,and four inch thick cypress cutoffs from the greenhouse framing-------..., that done, i think i can hit the heat goal with a hole drilled into the buildings the diameter of a soda straw) :)
i'll help the local populations have a chance to remain healthy
here are the sites i'm reading:
and then there's
(lost of plans there)
i've been thinking about building some of these for a long time, and now seems to be the time to act
maybe it'll help, maybe it really wont matter to the greater species-------------but maybe a few local bats will find comfort there?
as i study, i'll try to size the bathouses to the individual sub species
and design to the best of my woodworking skills
advice, thoughts, anyone ever done this before???
the greenhouse/solar collector/solarium has been running about 60-70 degrees(f) above ambient this past week---
comprising 1/4 of the total building's square footage, and 1/3 of the volume, -when finished, i'm feeling more and more confident that it'll take care of over 1/2 the buildings heating needs-during the cold of winter, and all during the "cool" months of autumn and spring-------and have an aesthetic component that nourishes the body and sooths the soul
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:51 AM
were caused by a fungus that hitchhiked from Europe, scientists reported Monday.
Experts had suspected that an invasive species was to blame for the die-off from "white nose syndrome."
Now there's direct evidence the culprit was not native to North America.
The fungal illness has not caused widespread deaths among European bats unlike in the U.S. and Canada.
In North America more than 5.7 million bats have died since 2006 when white nose syndrome
was first detected in a cave in upstate New York."
Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:08 PM
Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:22 PM
Tonight we saw quite a few bats flying around like we normally would-phew! I was happy to see the little critters
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