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Friday, September 13, 2013

Bats are back in my yard! But white nose syndrome continues to spread

My wife and I saw a wonderful sight in our back yard on Thursday: Two bats swooping overhead through the dusk.

They were the first bats I've seen in at least four years, and while they probably don't signify anything significant about white nose syndrome, they were heartening to see. For the 15 years or so before that, we saw bats all the time, flying and even roosting in our aging chicken barn. Then they were gone - poof!

I assume their disappearance was related to white nose syndrome, the fungal disease that it eradicating bat populations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The disease is still spreading - it was just spotted in Piscataquis County in central Maine, which includes Mt. Katahdin, and is also spreading west - and shows no sign of slowing.

It's a shame, because bats are so cool. Watching them flitter above us was a real joy.