Oct 27, 2015
By Michael Kramer
A huge project covering 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces is focused on better understanding the ecological role that bats play – and the threats they are facing from climate change, loss of habitat and the development of wind energy.
The North American Bat Monitoring Program uses acoustic surveys – to detect high-pitched frequencies emitted by the flying mammals – as they navigate in the dark.
The monitoring program has been spurred by a disease called white-nose syndrome.
It has killed millions of bats – and is spreading.
There are some 150 species of bats in North America – 47 of them in the United States. Some migrate more than 800 kilometres – and others hibernate in caves or abandoned mines.