In light of the recent confirmation of White Nose Syndrome in a bat collected in North Bend, Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife is increasing its bat monitoring and has created a new, online form to report bat colonies & roosts. For more information click the link below.
Bats are valuable members of ecosystems around the world, saving farmers in the U.S. alone over $3 billion annually in pest control services. One colony of bats can consume many tons of insects that would otherwise consume valuable crops, or threaten human health and well-being. Many species of bats are also valuable for the pollination of plants and dispersal of plant seeds.
Over six million bats are estimated to have died due to this disease over the past few years in the eastern US and Canada, with as much as 100% mortality in some colonies. This disease could possibly lead to the extinction of some bat species.