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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

95 percent of bat population died over winter


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Brian T. Murray
The NJ Star-Ledger
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Volunteers were called on today to join an annual summer bat count in New Jersey that could further determine how many have fallen to the enigmatic "white-nose syndrome" responsible for devastating their Northeastern populations.

As the Congressional Natural Resource Committee in Washington, D.C., began today to review federal responses to the dilemma, the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey launched an effort to monitor roosting spots where bats spend their summers in the state. From old buildings and barns to dead trees, checking roosts may help state biologists confirm their worst fears — that as many as 95 percent of the state's bats died over the winter.

"We ask our volunteers each year to go to a known bat roost at least twice between now and early August and count them as the bats fly out in the evening," said Maria Grace of Conserve Wildlife. "This year, we're telling people that not seeing bats in those roosts is just as important to note. We'll know then how significant the die-off is due to white-nose syndrome."


N.J. biologists fear up to 95 percent of bat population died over winter 290509banner

After mass die-offs of bats in 2006 and 2007 in New York, the phenomenon was named after a strange white fungus found on their snouts and wings. Since then, it has spread to nine states from Vermont to Virginia. Bats began dying in New Jersey in January and a pre-spring inspection of the state's largest hibernating spot, or hibernaculum, the Hibernia mine in Rockaway Township, revealed a 95 percent population drop.

The syndrome prompts bats to wake from hibernation in the dead of winter, even fly from their hibernaculum, and use up crucial fat reserves.

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