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White-nose Syndrome

This bat syndrome was first noted 12 miles west of Albany, NY in 2006. Bats with this white-nose syndrome usually have a white fungus around their noses and occasionally on other body parts. It is unknown whether the fungus is what is killing the bats or if it is a symptom. In the winter of 2007 8,000 - 11,000 bats died. In 2008 biologists noted the syndrome in bats hibernating in sections of NY, southwest VT, western MA, and northwestern CT.  Al Hicks, the NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation biologist, suspects 400,000 bats in the NY area are affected and stated that the mortality rate in bats with white-nose syndrome is 90- 97%. White-nose syndrome is confirmed in NY, CT, PA, NJ, VA, and WVA. For further details and the latest info read the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service News from the Northeast Region: White-Nose Syndrome Mystery: Something is Killing Our Bats. 

Bats flying during the day

Here is response from Game Commission re: sighting of a bat flying in Loyalsock State Forest about 1 PM 15 November 2009. The bat appeared to be catching insects and insects were noted in the air with snowcover on the ground. Game Commission was emailed in mid Dec.

Sent: Tue, December 15, 2009 10:21:39 AM

Subject: Day-flying bat report

Thank you for reporting your bat sighting to the PGC.  Seeing a bat flying in a forested setting in November is actually not that unusual – even during daylight hours. This individual was likely trying to take advantage of every feeding opportunity prior to entering hibernation.  Bats in forested settings will sometimes fly in low light conditions in order to extend their feeding hours.  So while your sighting is somewhat suspicious, we will wait to see if other bats are reported flying in that area.

Please let us know if you find any grounded bats in the area. If you find a dead or dying bat, please call the PGC region office immediately or contact us via this online reporting system so that we can determine the need to collect the bat for testing. Again, that you for taking the time to report your bat sighting.

Yours in conservation,

Lisa Williams

Wildlife Diversity Section

PA Game Commission


Wind Turbines and Bats

Here are two links describing how the change in air pressure from wind turbines kills bats:




Bat Resources

A Homeowner's Guide to Northeastern Bats and Bat Problems - PSU, 1.45 MB; Learn the benefits of bats such as a single bat's ability to consume 500 insects per hour, including mosquitoes. Big brown bats consume June bugs, cucumber beetles, green and brown stink bugs, and leafhoppers. Certain forest bat species consume tent caterpillar moths. Also learn how to get a bat out of your house and to prevent bats from entering buildings.


Bat Conservation International - "BCI's mission is to teach people the value of bats, to protect and preserve critical bat habitats, and to advance scientific knowledge through research." Site includes bat info and bat boxes.


Further Bat Resources provided by Robyn Graboski,

licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Centre Wildlife Care:


Bat Conservation & Management                                    

John Chenger(Humane exclusion)

220 Old Stone House

Carlisle, PA   17013


Cell 814-442-4246



U S Fish and Wildlife Service

Division of Endangered Species

4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 452

Arlington, Virginia 22203



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Center for Infectious Diseases

Rabies Section MS G-33

1600 Clifton Road

Atlanta, Georgia 30333


Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2005*


Wildlife Rescue

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