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Dying bats called No. 1 mammal crisis in U.S.
CBS News ^ | July 12, 2011 | CBS News

Posted on 07/13/2011 9:49:34 AM PDT by americanophile

(CBS News) The lightning-fast die-off of bats is being called the No. 1 crisis affecting mammals in this country. Scientists from more than 100 state and federal agencies are coordinating their efforts to learn why bats are dying.

CBS News Correspondent Betty Nguyen noted on "The Early Show" that one of the consequences of the bats' deaths is more bugs.

Wildlife officials now are pointing to a fungus they say is killing bats in unprecedented numbers.

It's a desperate situation with no solution in sight.

Nguyen reported bats often get a bad rap as creepy, blood-sucking night creatures. But farmers, like James Roby, actually count on them to eat 100,000 tons of crop-damaging bugs every year.

Roby showed Nguyen a chard leaf, badly damaged by a caterpillar or worm.

He explained, "(The damage) would have been potentially controlled by a bat that would have nailed the moth that would have laid the eggs on this leaf to begin with."

That's not happening because bats are in danger. A fast-spreading fungus has wiped out a million of them in 18 East Coast states.

Roby said of the chard crop, "It's inedible right now; it's just not marketable."

An ailment dubbed White-Nose Syndrome leaves the fungus on a bat's nose, wings and body, and that eventually leads to starvation. The die-off is so great - and so fast - the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife has declared bats the No. 1 mammal in crisis in the U.S.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bats; endangered; farming; fungus
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To: americanophile

Rats, now I know why the gnats and other bugs have been so insanely bad this year in the midwest - and to rub it in, I can’t take my daughter spelunking because they are closing down most anything relating to visiting caves to try to stem the fungus.


41 posted on 07/13/2011 11:15:16 AM PDT by Liberty1970 (For by grace are you saved through faith.)
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To: americanophile

No other crisis in recent memory has had such a profound impact on my life.

Will no one save us?


42 posted on 07/13/2011 11:18:38 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: jagusafr
Jeez, in Austin 3 weeks ago we watched 1.5 million bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue bridge at dusk. Doesn’t look like there’s a problem in Central Texas...

Have you ever see the bat colony under the IH 35 bridge at McNeil? I've heard it is larger than the Congress Av. Bridge, but not advertised because of the traffic mess that would result. We saw them when we were coming home at dusk and that cloud stretched for miles.

43 posted on 07/13/2011 11:32:48 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back. He ain't my president either.)
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To: Salamander

Oh. Yes, it’s pretty buggy up in that neck of the woods.


44 posted on 07/13/2011 11:34:29 AM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

We did that 2 years ago - I think it’s more impressive than the Congress Ave colony. They just seem to keep coming for hours. Of course, the visit to the Pedernales Cellars winery beforehand might have had something to do with that...


45 posted on 07/13/2011 11:51:30 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: fishtank

The demise of evolution has been predicted for more than 120 years. Like the end of the world...

http://chem.tufts.edu/AnswersInScience/demise.html


46 posted on 07/13/2011 11:55:33 AM PDT by saltus (God's Will be done)
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To: BrewingFrog

Great story. From lightbulbs to windfarms, the list of unintended consequences from “Green Energy” continue to pile up.


47 posted on 07/13/2011 12:06:23 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: Roccus
hummers are up a bunch

I was going to say that too. We have all kinds of humming birds this year. They fight amongst themselves a lot. It is fun to watch.

48 posted on 07/13/2011 3:20:08 PM PDT by SteamShovel (Smart Grid is Stupid)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
I've found C2CAM very boring for well over a year. I've said before that the Art Bell replays on Saturday nights put the current shows to shame.

The current program needs to cut back on the frequency of unverifiable topics and guests.

Some of the put-on artists that Art had were great. Mel's Hole was a great "story". The guy that "flew" (or tried to "fly") over Area 51 was great radio.

In his prime, Art would challenge, and ask real questions of say, environmentalists and anarchists, and other posers.

Noory and some of the other hosts, including Bell, no longer do that.

Noory getting punked by the shysters ripping people off with capturing Big Foot, only to have a "worker" let it go before "they" could get blood and hair samples, and but after they conned people into buying webcam subscriptions from the "hunt" was reminiscent of Tim Conway on Night Court, except that it didn't cost viewers a subscription...

49 posted on 07/13/2011 3:32:18 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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