LANGLEY – A unique species of bat, the Northern long-eared bat, which makes its home around Grand River Dam Authority lakes is listed as a threatened species – a species likely to become endangered in the future – under the Endangered Species Act.
To help protect these bats and their habitat, the Grand River Dam Authority and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are working together to educate the public about these special lake area residents.
The northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) was added to the threatened list primarily due to a disease called white-nose syndrome, which is drastically impacting and killing hibernating bats. WNS has killed more than six million bats in eastern North America, and the fungus that causes the disease was recently found in caves in Northeast Oklahoma.