Scientists Study Bats on Martha’s Vineyard

Aug 27, 2015


White Nose Syndrome is a disease responsible for unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats. Martha’s Vineyard may be one of a few places in the Northeast where White Nose Syndrome hasn't infected bats or the places they hibernate. On The Point, we talk about the prevalence and implications of the fungus, how scientists and federal agencies are responding, and what researchers hope to learn from this uninfected bat population on Martha’s Vineyard. Host Mindy Todd is joined in the studio by Luanne Johnson, director and wildlife biologist at BioDiversityWorks, Liz Baldwin, assistant director and wildlife biologist at BioDiversityWorks, and on the phone Jonathan D. Reichard, national White Nose Syndrome assistant coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

Here's a link to a wonderful video of bats catching moths... and also a link to a homeowner's guide to bats.