White-nose Syndrome (National Wildlife Health Center and USGS)


WNS Map 2014

WNS Map 2014

Interesting Facts

  • WNS is caused by a recently discovered non-native fungus called Geomyces destructans which loves cold weather
  • Bats save us billions of dollars every year in agriculture by helping us mitigate expenditures on pest control
  • They are economically and ecologically vital! By regulating insect populations every night (eating up to half their body weight each night) they benefit humans, forest, other animals, and our crops
  • They are economically and ecologically vital! By regulating insect populations every night (eating up to half their body weight each night) they benefit humans, forest, other animals, and our crops
  • Imagine if 50% of bats where no longer here!? How many more insects would be here!?

White-nose Syndrome
White-nose Syndrome

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