Threats to Bats

Bats around the world battle extinction. Millions die each year from human impact or are simply forced from their homes. Learn more about what’s behind the major threats to bats and what people are doing to stop them.

White Nose Syndrome

An invasive fungus from Europe that kills more than a million bats each year. It thrives in caves and mines and grows on bats forcing them to wake up too frequently while they hibernate in the winter. The bats use up their fat stores too fast and eventually starve.

To learn more about White Nose Syndrome visit
www.whitenosesyndrome.org

OTHER THREATS TO BATS

Wind Turbines
Wind Turbines

It is believed that migrating bats mistake the wind turbines for large trees and seek them out for resting spots. As the bats approach the turbine, the blades seriously injure or kill the bats.

Pesticides
Pesticides

Pesticides pollute our water and air and upset the natural balance in the environment. Small animals like bats suffer most when exposed. Pesticides both weaken them and also make it harder for them to find healthy food to eat.

Climate Change
Climate Change

Climate change affects temperatures, precipitation and weather patterns. Changing warmer temperatures cause bats to emerge early from hibernation, when food has not yet become available.

Habitat Destruction
Habitat Destruction

Bats seek safe shelter, the most comfortable of which is under loose and peeling bark in dead and dying trees. When we cut down trees, we destroy the homes of bats and their young.

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