How can you help bats?

Bats throughout the United States are dying from a nonnative fungus called White Nose Syndrome. The fungus causes bats to awaken early from their hibernation period, before there is enough food available for them to survive, so they starve to death. USDA is asking for the public’s support in helping to keep bats from contracting this disease. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Volunteer! You can help protect bats on public lands by helping with bat counts, acoustical monitoring and much more. Contact your local national forest for more information.
  • Adhere to cave closures. If caves are open, follow all decontamination protocols recommended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to clean clothes, footwear and equipment used in caves and mines.
  • Stay out of caves when bats are present.
  • Build and install a bat house to provide a safe place for bats on your property.
  • Teach your friends and family about the benefits of bats.Visit BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure to learn how to make bats come alive in your home or classroom.
  • Join us for the showing of the film, “Battle for Bats: Surviving White-Nose Syndrome,” at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol on March 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. to learn more.
  • Take time to see live bats by visiting public bat viewing sites. – See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/03/25/research-public-can-help-bats-survive-white-nose-syndrome/#sthash.cSTOBfoi.dpuf

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