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Forest Bats Under Attack
Wind turbines and disease threaten important woodland critters.
Bat numbers are rapidly declining in many parts of North America. For centuries, bats have been facing many threats, including habitat loss and fragmentation; disturbance and destruction of roost sites, particularly caves and mines; pesticides and heavy metals;persecution; and climate change. But, since the beginning of the 21st century, two additional threats have greatly affected bat populations in North America. These are wind energy development and a newly emerging disease called White-Nose Syndrome (WNS).
By Susan C. Loeb
Published in March / April 2014 Issue of Forest Landowner Magazine