Threats to Bats

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White-nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome is a disease that affects hibernating bats and is caused by an invasive, cold-loving fungus. The fungus grows on bats’ skin, disturbing their hibernation and resulting in dehydration, starvation and often death. First documented in New York in 2006, white-nose syndrome has since spread to numerous U.S. states and Canadian provinces driving severe population declines in some bat species.

Wind Energy

Estimates of fatality indicate hundreds of thousands of bats are killed annually as a result of collisions with spinning turbine rotors. Given bats are long-lived and typically only have 1 to 2 pups per year, existing fatality rates may not be sustainable for certain species. Recent studies indicate population-level declines are possible, particularly given the anticipated growth of wind energy development. In the face of these impacts, significant investments have been made to identify solutions that will minimize impacts to bats and enable sustainable bat populations and the continued deployment of wind energy. 

Other Stressors

Climate Change and Habitat Degradation

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