Bats, Charles Paxton, Wildopeneye, Andy Luck: New post White Nos e Syndrome is killing millions of American bats – petition for l isting Northern long-eared bats as endangered species

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog loves bats and has always wondered why they consistently star as villains in every crummy haunted house movie/cartoon. They save millions of human lives annually by snapping up malarial or dengue fever mozzies. There was a dengue outbreak here in Thai Village and when I was sitting outside writing at twilight I was happy to see bats. They were flitting out and about for dinner. Not blood. They were also saving my life.

They pollinate flowers. Bat guano has been used as fertilizer and fed many people. It was also mined to make explosives during the American civil war when the Confederates were running low on munitions but running high on innovative ideas

Bats make the night alive.

They make caves and haunted houses a great deal more interesting. Halloween wouldn’t be the same without them. And Gotham City would be run by the Joker.

Bats are not villains. They are a global asset.

This is why I pass this post on! Let’s look after our bats! My brother is suggesting a petition, and a good idea that is! Please sign. But go a step or two more. If you have bats don’t bug em, gas em, run about shrieking and calling pest control! Let them be. If you don’t have bats build a bat box or two (or more). There are many bat boxes available on the web. Also, if you are feeling DIY, lots of advice on building

Over to Charles, Andy, WildOpenEye and whitenose syndrome:

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charlespaxton posted: "Seven species of North American bats (including two endangered species, named below in red) have been directly affected by a fatal fungal infection called White Nose Syndrome according to The Center For Biological Diversity. The CBD has established a web"

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White Nose Syndrome is killing millions of American bats – petition for listing Northern long-eared bats as endangered species

by charlespaxton

White Nose Syndrome, white text on blackSeven species of North American bats (including two endangered species, named below in red) have been directly affected by a fatal fungal infection called White Nose Syndrome according to The Center For Biological Diversity. The CBD has established a webpage dedicated to White Nose Syndrome where they say "Biologists consider it the worst wildlife disease outbreak ever in North America."

The fast spreading disease reported in 2006, has now infected Big brown bats, Eastern small-footed bats, Indiana bats, Little brown bats, Northern long-eared bats, Tricolored bats and Gray bats. Cave bats and the Southeastern bats have been found carrying the fungus. Virginia big-eared bats and the Ozark big-eared bats, also endangered species, are living in areas where the fungus is found.

Hibernating bats seem to be the only ones affected by the fungus so far.

Bats deliver very valuable pest control services as a natural part of their lifestyle.

According to the Defenders of Wildlife campaign this scourge has already killed almost 99% of Northern long-eared bats, approximately 6.7 million are thought to have died. An emailed campaign letter from Jamie Rappaport Clark received today describes how the fungus kills the bats:

"WNS strikes while bats are hibernating – when their body temperatures are dramatically decreased to reduce energy and survive the winter. Attacking these small creatures at their weakest, the fungal disease awakens them in the dead of winter, exhausting their stored energy – driving them to starvation, dehydration and hypothermia."

Smith urges us to petition for greater urgency in the listing process that would reflect the current endangered status of this bat.

To add your voice to the petition, click the link below from the Defenders of Wildlife campaign email

Demand that FWS stop delaying the listing process and protect the northern long-eared bat!

charlespaxton | 22/08/2014 at 6:29 pm | Tags: Big brown bats, Defenders of Wildlife, Eastern small-footed bats, endangered species, fatal fungal infection, Indiana bats, Jamie Rappaport Clark, Little brown bats, North American bats, Northern long-eared bats, pest control, Tricolored bats and Gray bats. Cave bats and the Southeastern bats, White Nose Syndrome | Categories: Conservation | URL: http://wp.me/p10R9B-o2

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