During the summer, you can participate in bat surveys throughout Utah. The Division of Wildlife Resources posts public outreach events on the calendar on their website. The National Park Service performs bat surveys each month during the summer in American Fork Canyon. They post the dates on the TICA Facebook page.
Bat Conservation International(BCI) and the Organization for Bat Conservation are two great resources for updated information about work being done in the bat field. BCI employs many bat biologists that are working to understand emerging bat diseases and conservation threats around the world. The Save Lucy Campaign webpage posts many interesting articles about bats. You can visit their webpage here for more information.
White Nose Syndrome
White-nose syndrome is caused by a cold-loving fungus called Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It was first seen in bats in the United States in 2006 and has killed over 6 million bats to date. It was first seen in the northeastern United States but has been moving westward. The map below shows areas where white-nose syndrome has been detected.
Currently there is no known cure for this disease and many bat species are expected to become extinct due to it. Bats that roost in large colonies are more vulnerable because the fungus spreads by contact.
How You Can Help!
There are many ways that the public can get involved in helping to save bats. If there are bats near your house you can build a bat house to give them a day roost. Instructions for building a bat house can be found here.
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