Bats aka devil birds are funny looking. Those little evil winged spawn of satan sleep upside down. They scare little kids. Why should we care about them ?Well bats are great for pest control. They are worth about 3 billion per year for the U.S agriculture. Bats are the only flying mammal in the world. They kinda look like a cute flying dog. I recently learned that bats eat mosquitoes !! I need to adopt some bats for our house. Now more than ever since everyone is freaking out about zika. Bats eat all kinds of other bugs too. Bats and bees both pollinate plants. They do all that work and don’t ask nothing in return.
Unfortunately just like bees bats are dying by the millions. The dreaded White nose syndrome has killed over 5.7 million bats since first discovered in 2006. This fungus grows on bats while they are hibernating and damages their wings. The fungus messes with the bats hibernation. Bats eat a certain amount of food to gain fat so they can sleep thru winter. The fungus wakes them up and bats start flying around and acting like they normally do in spring. Since it’s winter they can’t really eat much and waste their fat reserves and die.
The White nose syndrome can only spread by touch so efforts are being made by authorities to either ban entry into batcaves (sorry batman) and or people will have to decontaminate their clothing. There is no current treatment or cure but I hope they find one soon.