White-Nose Syndrome http://wesa.fm en PA Bat Population Continues To Fall http://wesa.fm/post/pa-bat-population-continues-fall <p>The cave-dwelling bat population in Pennsylvania is continuing its free-fall, according to the state Game Commission, which trapped only 10 bats at Long Run Mine earlier this month as part of a population study.</p><p>The survey assessed 10 caves across the state and the low returns lead endangered mammal specialists like Greg Turner to believe 98 percent of all cave bats are dead.</p><p>Long Run Mine, which runs along of the border of Butler and Armstrong counties, was once the largest bat cave in the state. But Turner said that’s not the case anymore.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:23:11 +0000 Michael Lynch 18848 at http://wesa.fm PA Bat Population Continues To Fall White Nose Syndrome Threatens Bat Populations in Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/white-nose-syndrome-threatens-bat-populations-pennsylvania <p>Not even Batman can save his fellow bat friends from a deadly disease that has been threatening the bat population across Pennsylvania.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?mode=2&amp;objID=615025&amp;open=514">White-Nose Syndrome</a>&nbsp;(WNS) is a disease caused by a fungus that, when introduced into underground workings such as caves and mines, begins to eat away at live skins cells of hibernating bats.&nbsp;</p><p>This originally European <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/hunting-fishing/white-nose-syndrome-now-threatening-pennsylvania-bats-327534/">fungus is cold loving, </a>meaning it prefers very cold, damp underground environments, precisely where non-migratory bats tend to flock for hibernation. When bats hibernate, however, their immune systems completely shut down creating what Endangered Mammal Specialist <strong>Greg Turner</strong> calls “the perfect storm.”</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:17:12 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12868 at http://wesa.fm White Nose Syndrome Threatens Bat Populations in Pennsylvania White-Nose Syndrome Wiping Out PA's Bat Population http://wesa.fm/post/white-nose-syndrome-wiping-out-pas-bat-population <p>Since February 2006 when it was first discovered, White-Nose Syndrome has caused the deaths of 5.7 million to 6.7 million North American bats, many of those in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Greg Turner is a wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Diversity Section of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.&nbsp;He counts and identifies hibernating bats and conducts migratory telemetry on our federally endangered Indiana bats.</p><p>When searching the abandoned Durham Mine in Bucks County, he found just 23 were alive and over 10,000 bats were dead.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 7378 at http://wesa.fm