White nose syndrome poses major threat to Michigan bats

Feb 2, 2016

The northern long-eared bat was recently listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We learn about the threats facing Michigan bats from Rob Mies of the Organization for Bat Conservation in Bloomfield Hills.

Bats don’t have the best reputation. Besides an unfortunate association with Count Dracula, many people just find them plain creepy. But the nocturnal mammals actually play an important role in the ecosystem. That’s why scientists are worried about the widespread fungal disease known as white nose syndrome that’s killing off bats around the country.

The northern long-eared bat has been one of the hardest hit species and was recently placed on the threatened species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Current State talks about the threat white nose syndrome poses to bats in Michigan and beyond with Rob Mies, the founder and executive director of the Organization for Bat Conservation based out of Bloomfield Hills.

This segment is supported by Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. More news about the Great Lakes environment can be found at GreatLakesEcho.org and on Current State every Tuesday as part of our partnership.