Good news! I just received this and am excited they are one step closer to this horrid situation for our bats. They are another critical factor in agriculture. Saving bats saves billions of agricultural dollars a year.
Now for the news ....
Researchers have reached a major milestone in understanding the disease that is killing North America's bats.
New research by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center and its partners confirms that the fungus, Geomyces destructions, is the cause of White-nose Syndrome (WNS).
Although the syndrome was named after the telltale white fungus that grows on the faces of many infected bats, scientists were not sure if the fungus was the cause or a symptom of the disease.
The generosity of our members and donors allowed BCI to provide partial support for this USGS research as it was beginning in 2008.
This is a critical accomplishment, but it is only one step toward resolving this crisis. There is still a long road ahead of us and the research that's required is time-consuming and costly.
Please donate to our WNS Emergency Response Fund and other critical bat-conservation issues.
Please visit our website for comprehensive information on this research, WNS and our other conservation programs.
As always, we appreciate your support.
Executive Director of Bat Conservation International
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