Bats are an important part of the ecosystem in Maine. With Halloween around the corner, it is a great time to learn about our local bats and why we should be scared for, not scared of, them.
Listen: MPBN: Feds Propose Listing Bat as Endangered
A species of bat native to Maine may be going on the Endangered Species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department today proposed Endangered Species Act protection for the northern long-eared bat, which has been devastated by the disease known as white-nose syndrome. The decision was in response to pressure from the Center for Biological Diversity in Vermont. Mollie Matheson, a conservation advocate at the center, speaks about the proposal with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter.
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Watch: Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome
This video shows how government and private agencies have come together to search for solutions to help our bat populations overcome white-nose syndrome. The public can also play a role in the future of bats by providing habitat and surveying their populations. Bats are a critical component in a healthy forest ecosystem, plus they provide significant agricultural pest control and pollination. Their survival is essential for a sustainable natural environment.
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Attend: Signs of the Season: 2013 Update On The Plight of Bats
Maine Audubon staff biologist, Susan Gallo presents Join biologist Susan Gallo as she shares her latest report and discusses the challenges facing our cave hibernating bats that could lead to their extinction by 2026. Join us to learn what is being done to help them and how you can lend a hand.
Stay tuned for more fall and bat themed activities at Maine Audubon.