White Nose Syndrome

Little Brown Bat with White Nose Syndrome in Greeley Mine, VT
VT Fish and Wildlife

The little brown bat, a species that has been decimated by a deadly fungus, could be showing the first tentative steps to recovery.

Joel Flewelling/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

As white-nose syndrome kills millions of bats across North America, there's a glimmer of hope at hibernation spots where it first struck a decade ago: Some bats in some caves are hanging on.


While Vermont and New York are reporting some signs of recovery, white nose syndrome continues to devastate New Hampshire's bat population.

Scott Darling/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

With nearly 90 percent declines in some species of bats due to White Nose Syndrome, scientists in the Northeast conducted an experiment this winter aimed at finding alternative strategies to save infected bats.

Scott Darling/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Scientists working to help bats survive the devastating disease known as white nose syndrome say a number of infected bats spent the winter in an abandoned Maine bunker.


A new project in Tennessee aims to create clean new digs for bats who are dying by the millions from White Nose Syndrome.

An artificial bat cave has been built that’s about the size of a single-wide mobile home. It's made from prefabricated concrete and has a textured ceiling for the bats to cling to.

The $300,000 trial project by the Nature Conservancy aims to save bats from white nose syndrome. The fungus was first discovered in upstate New York in 2006 and has spread.


There are more bats in caves first struck by white-nose syndrome, giving researchers a glimmer of hope in the scourge that has killed millions of bats in North America.  More from WAMC's Dave Lucas...