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Old 08-04-2009, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Disheartening story in the Burlington Free Press.

"Vermont has lost perhaps two-thirds of its bats — 400,000 animals — in just two years, devastating the night-flying animals that eat half their weight in insects every summer night."

"At Greeley Mine in Stockbridge, only 33 of the usual winter population of 1,000 survived the winter. All the survivors were sick. In upstate New York caves, mortality has approached 100 percent."

Some are saying Vermont may have no bats in two years. An already buggy state may get much more buggy. I just saw two in my yard, but I've seen fewer this year. Very sad and scary.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Back in May I found a dead, dried out bat near my shed. Never before had I seen a dead bat. We've had a bat or two flying around at dusk, usually have 4 or more.
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:12 PM
 
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I live in Maine and have noticed a marked decline in bat numbers the past two years. We normally had four of five bats summering in the attic of our garage. There are none this year.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:54 PM
 
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I wonder why? what has caused this? Could it be West Nile virus or something similar? That has devastated certain segments of the bird population. For instance, where I live in N. CA, our yellow-billed magpies have been completely wiped out in a few years from West Nile. Or it could be rabies - the bat population often becomes infected with rabies. They are carriers.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Manchester Center, VT
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White nose syndrome. Read about it here Bats Another Species on the Decline | GreeniacsArticles
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Old 08-05-2009, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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We've had a bat or two flying around at dusk, usually have 4 or more.
Exactly. We usually have 5 or 6, lately I've been seeing one. I was happy last night when I saw 2.
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Old 08-05-2009, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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Exactly. We usually have 5 or 6, lately I've been seeing one. I was happy last night when I saw 2.
A friend with a big barn usually sees many. Until a couple of weeks ago, she'd seen none. She told me she saw a few flying out of the barn the other night and felt relieved they were there at all.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Western views of Mansfield/Camels Hump!
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White nose syndrome. Read about it here Bats Another Species on the Decline | GreeniacsArticles
Ugh. This is so sad. We actually used to have them in the park right across the street from me (in NYC!) and my fiancé has been asking me recently if I've seen any lately and I haven't....

I actually just donated to Bat Conservation International after reading the article above....
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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But how can they help the bats if they don't even know what the problem is! If you read the article, you'd know that their kind of in the dark about the whole thing. They have some theories but that's it. I don't how much you gave them, but if it made you feel better, then I guess it was worth it no matter what they do with the money. You gotta watch those non-profits!
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Western views of Mansfield/Camels Hump!
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I donated specifically to a fund to help them figure out what the problem is.

Or at least that's what they say.
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