The following pages contain information contributed by the late Dr. Andrew N. Barrass, Associate Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator with The Center of Excellence for Field Biology. Graduate students, Morgan Kurz, Seth McCormick, Veronica Mullen, Lindsay Brotherton, Josh Schulte, and Robert Arndt also contributed to the content.
In February 2006 some 40 miles west of Albany, N.Y., a caver photographed hibernating bats with an unusual white substance on their muzzles. He noticed several dead bats. The following winter, bats behaving erratically, bats with white noses and a few hundred dead bats in several caves came to the attention of New York Department of Environmental Conservation biologists, who documented white-nose syndrome in January 2007. Hundreds of thousands of hibernating bats have died since. Biologists with state and federal agencies and organizations across the country are still trying to find the answer to this deadly mystery.
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