Thursday, January 19. 2023
White nose syndrome is a deadly disease that has devastated bat populations in North America. In order to protect bats from this disease, it is important to take a few simple steps to prevent its spread.
First and foremost, it is important to decontaminate clothing and equipment used in bat habitats. This includes washing clothing in hot water and drying it on the highest heat setting, and cleaning and disinfecting all equipment, such as boots, gloves, and surveying tools. This will help to prevent the fungus that causes white nose syndrome from spreading to other areas.
Another important step is to avoid disturbing hibernating bats. Bats are particularly vulnerable to white nose syndrome when they are hibernating, as the fungus can grow on their skin and cause severe damage. Avoid entering hibernacula (bat hibernation sites) during the winter months, and avoid activities that could disturb hibernating bats, such as tree cutting or cave exploration.
Finally, it is important to support conservation efforts and research into white nose syndrome. This includes supporting organizations that are working to protect bat habitats and study the disease, as well as advocating for policies that support bat conservation. By supporting these efforts, we can help to ensure that bat populations are protected from the devastating impacts of white nose syndrome.