Sunday, July 18, 2010


Why are our bats dying, and what affect will this have on humans?

Such cute and innocent babies.

It's so sad to think our little brown bats and other cave bats are being attacked and killed by a fungus and we can't find a cure to help them! It's called White Nose Syndrome; its a white substance that grows on the face, ears and wings of our cave bats. The fungus causes them irritation and other symptoms bad enough to force them awake (early) from their winter hibernation. They then try to get comfortable and that act causes the bats to lose the fat reserves they stored for the winter...which in turn now makes them hungry. So, they leave the caves in the dead of winter to search for food to put on more fat to take them through the rest of the winter...the only problem is...the flying insects they eat (in summer and spring and fall) are not around for the picking...hence, the bat can't find food and can't put on they die trying to survive.

The worse part of this is us, yes, we humans that have brought this to our bats.

Our thrill for adventure and discovery has inadvertently brought death to our bats. We carried this fungus on our clothes and bags when we entered the caves they lived in...

Sinse 2006 over One Million bats have died. Considering these bats ate about 694 tons of insects from crop pest to mosquitoes every year...what does that mean for us humans?

It means an increase of WEST NILE and other diseases for us. It means more pesticides on our foods, hence more pesticides in us.

It's time we stop what we're doing to this world and start making better choices for everyone; from plants to animals on this earth...or we will continue to lose precious and unique animals like our bats, that do so much for us without our even knowing it.

Did you know a female bat usually only has one baby at a time...can't re-populate very fast, now can they?

Just thought you guys would want to know these cute and innocent little creatures are dying as we speak.


A man called Valance said...

Hmm, think they'd make a good soup?

Cheyenne said...

Bats here, are seriously protected. Even in your home! You cant touch them, disturb them, or knock down any building with them in even if the building is a ruin!
Our bats are fine, in fact they are thriving! Never heard of this White Nose thingy, But whatever you get over there! We get eventually over here.

Valerie said...

Hello, I couldn't resist popping across from Mr.Valence to see your blog. That's interesting stuff about the bats. I didn't realise there was such a thing as White Nose. Here in the UK our bats are protected by law, as Cheyenne says no building can be knocked down if bats are in residence.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I had no idea! Thanks for the great article!!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Soup? Soup!

These little guys are too cute to be in anyone's soup pot!


Houston A.W. Knight said...

Chey! (hugs sweetie)

You guys over there have always been smarter than us...hope we wake up sooner than later and save these little fellows, before it's too late.


Houston A.W. Knight said...

The WNS = White nose syndrome is a fungus we human's carry in on our clothes, shoes and bags when we enter a cave...the fungus doesn't kill them directly...but it wakes them and they move until they burn up all stored fat...then they go out (in mid-winter) to find food and indirectly it causes their death.


Houston A.W. Knight said...


Thank you for coming by for a visit...I always enjoy new guests and hope they become a friend and join this little gang here for some interesting chit chat...on a lot of topics

Glad to hear the bats are protected over there...I'm not sure here, I'll have to check...I know they have closed (to the public) a lot of caves until we can find a cure.

Hugs darlin' glad you dropped in!


Houston A.W. Knight said...


Hey there hon! Happy to hear you enjoyed the post...they're cute aren't they?

Hey, I hear you have a big contest going on over at your place!
How's it going?


Oscar said...

Is this the same thing that's wiping out the bees? We humans are a mess, spreading our germs around to the poor little animals. Interesting article, Hawk!

Houston A.W. Knight said...


OMG, we've got something wiping out the bees too? Are you in the USA or Europe?

Yes, I agree... we human have to get it together...NOW!
In the end, we're just hurting ourselves...I'm beginning to think we humans are TSTL.

Big Hugs Sweetie

Carol Henry said...

Hi, Hawk, interesting facts about brown bats. I haven't heard anything about this here in NY. You'd think Gary would be up on that kind of thing. Last year we had a brown bat that kept tying to live in our outdoor umbrella over our table on the back deck. We had to keep chasing him away until he finally find anoother home. I sympathize with their situation, but I'd prefer they find other nesting places around here.

Cecile said...

OH wow Hawk, what an awesome post to bring this to our attention. Cuz you are right.. it does affect us whether we like it or not....

And what wonderful comments!
Hope you had a great weekend!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

OMG Carol!

((((HUGS)))) I have missed you sweetie! have you been?

Yes, I would think he'd heard by now about the's been killing our bats since 2006. This year they are testing an herbal cure they think might work!

Oh I wish I had a few bats living around my place...tropical...lots for them to eat! All year long.

Cute are they not?

Hugs darlin' so glad you came back to visit!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey Honey!

Cecile...I'm glad you liked the article...I love bats and thought people should know what's happening to them.


sage said...

Interesting article, thanks for posting it. I love watching bats fly and catch insects but hate catching them when they're inside the house and I live on a street with old houses where bats can be a problem.

Carol Henry said...

Hi, Hawk, it's been a busy year, but I've thought of you often. Even checked out your site, but brain dead and not able to contribute to the topic. Will have to send you a long email soon.
Shanghai Connection is finished and looking for a home. Not going to conference this year! Take care. Hugs, Carol

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Thanks for dropping in! I would love to see a bat up close...I see them here but usually in flight and they're so's hard to really know if it's a bat or a bird at night.

Hope you'll come back and visit often!


Houston A.W. Knight said...


So glad to hear so much is happening on your end with the completion of your book...

Yes, like you, I'm not going to the National either...I had hoped, but things now I'm in the middle of a new vampire book... so nothing to sell...yet! ;-)

looking forward to your's been awhile...I'd love to get caught up on the news!


The Kracken said...

What little cutie patooties! I sure didn't know a thing about that, but I don't know much about a lot of things. Those little darlins'! I think I may take a lookie loo around here and see if we have any issues like that. Thanks for talking about it!

Charles Gramlich said...

I did not know about the White Nose thing. That's a shame. And we're losing honeybees to something else we don't understand. Humans don't know how dependent we ar on such creatures. And bats are just plain cute anyway. Well, most of them.

Houston A.W. Knight said...


I'm sure you'll find issues wherever you are...WNS is across the USA now....but check to see what you can do to help...but I do believe it's illegal to own a bat...not sure why. I know we're allowed to build bat houses for our backyards... won't do much for the "cave" bat problem with WNS though.

But they are so sweet aren't they? I fell in love with them all.


Houston A.W. Knight said...


Hey Sweetie! You know Oscar said the same thing about the bees...I hadn't heard about them....this is not looking too good for us human...

I know we've got a frog problem as well. This is getting scary!

We're affecting all our animals and such at the beginning of OUR FOOD CHAIN...when the first half of the food chain is dead - where does that lead...and who is going to die in the end...US HUMANS...can we be this stupid?

OMG...we are this stupid.

:-( Hawk

Lori Sanders-Foley said...

I adore bats. They are so helpful to the environment; ever since childhood, I have been fascinated by the creatures. Lithe mammals that can fly, are nocturnal, and benefit the environment. What's not to like.

It is their nighttime activity, unfortunately that has created an irrational fear of these beautiful creatures, and fueled such ridiculous superstitions about them.

Through national parks and preservation efforts, hopefully, the wn syndrome will be stemmed, eventually. Thank you, Hawk for enlightening so many as to the wonders of these delicate creatures. Oh, and the pics are adorable~seriously, who could resist the pictures of the babies???

Janette Harjo said...

Ah... Those little guys in your pictures are SO Cute!! Personally, I've always been afraid of them because they look so much like mice! I mean, when I go into a cave and all these little mice start flying around! EEEEK!

I know I'll always think different of them from now on. :)) I mean, they are just little creatures of God, like the Boa Constrictor I used to have as a pet! :))

Janette Harjo

Houston A.W. Knight said...


I thought you'd like this article!

Yes, I'm hoping they can find a way to save the Cave dwelling bats...they've lost over a million already, and seeing that a female bat only has one baby a cycle...they don't make them fast enough to re-populate the losses.


Houston A.W. Knight said...


As you can see Bats are nothing to be afraid of...and vampire bats don't like human blood....and if they did they'd only eat 1/4 of a teaspoon of it....not a lot.


Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Hawk!

Sorry I missed this post earlier.

Can't say I'm a huge fan of bats, but that's because they scare the bejesuses out of me when they fly around at night. LOL When I was a kid, we'd see them flying around Springfield, then we moved to Charleston, and they have even more bats (lots of old building there for nesting), and now in Sullivan, we still see them (again, old buildings). I've been out walking after dark and have had the little critters fly close to me and I wasn't all that pleased. But I also don't want humanity to kill off another little critter. We seems to do with great ease and we need to stop. Horrible that this is happening.


Houston A.W. Knight said...


Hey sweetie! You had be laughing with the recount of your dislike for bats...I'm like that with butterflies.

But thank the Gods for the old buildings...they just might save our cave bats from the WNS....lot of cave dwelling Bats now live in old there is some hope we can save some from the fungus.

Big hugs

Hilda said...

Ah, I love bats :( I had no idea this was happening.

Gotta get in touch my friend. I know I've been gone for a while.


Houston A.W. Knight said...

OMG Hilda!


I've been thinking about you hon...glad you stopped by for the visit!

Yes, drop me a private line.