Bat News

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While this topic is not a "Birding" topic in the strict sense, it is all tied in to our environment.
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Wow, maybe this is why the bug population has increased:

U.S. Senate approves funds to research fatal bat disease 4:42 PM

Mysterious 'white-nose syndrome' has killed at least 1.5 million, placing North America's entire bat population at risk of extinction.

The U.S. Senate has approved $500,000 for continued research into a mysterious aliment that has killed at least 1.5 million bats in the northeast over the past three years, including most of the bats that inhabited New Jersey’s three largest winter dens.
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In NJ, we have had an explosion of Stink Bugs ... info:

It's interesting that these (stink) bugs have only been in the United States for about 10 years.

Authorities believe they hitched a ride from Asia and were first seen in the U.S. in Allentown, PA, in 1998 (location of int'l. airport). They have now spread to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia.

Just imagine how many there will be in another 10 years, as they really have no natural predators, other than bats.

~~ Redmink 9/27/09

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I saw something....

...on tv the other day about white nose syndrome. They said that here in Tn they have closed several caves because they are seeing a corrolation to trash people leave behind.

There is one variety of bats here that live only in 3(?) caves worldwide. They are trying to do all they can to keep the living quarters isolated due to this.

We still have plenty of bats in the Summer around the house here. We have put out bat houses but had no luck with getting them to move in.

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Interesting Update

Corrolation to trash ... I'll check Jersey's wildlife info to see if they have investigated that.

I can't remember all the times I'm outdoors and pick up other trash as I go, geesh!!&^$%(*

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