Texas A&M institute sends up ‘bat signal’ for help from Texas landowners

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgrtiLife

The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources bat research team is asking Texas residents to help document bat species and populations throughout the state.

The institute’s Bat and Hibernacula Surveys team is conducting surveys statewide to determine the location of wintering bats and their roosts. Continue reading

Fungus claims 90 percent of bats in NC mountains

Biologists checking on bats that hibernate in mines and caves in the region were hoping against hope this year that a fungus killing bats in the Northeast might have traveled south without quite the lethal power.

They have been disappointed.

White-nose syndrome has claimed more than 90 percent of bats in three sites around the region, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced this week, and has now been found in seven Western North Carolina counties.

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White-nose syndrome may increase cost of pest control for farmers

Farmers may be paying more for pest control as white-nose syndrome spreads through the country and claims more bats. Bats are one of the primary predators of beetles and moths and save the U.S. agricultural industry at least $3 billion a year in pest control, according to a study published last year.

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