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Another 200 bricks being removed from the first floor (we're living on the top floor)
 

Fatal Fungus Killing Bats at Alarming Rate

Biologist Explains How a Dying Bat Population Results in Damage to Forests and Farms

Fatal Fungus Killing Bats at Alarming Rate

(CBS)  The race is on throughout the northeast. From tagging bats with tiny transmitters to infrared flight analysis and blood testing of their immune systems, researchers are trying to solve one of the most devastating mysteries in the natural world: The huge and rapid die off of the species named little brown bats.

"It's unprecedented in North American wildlife, at least in recorded history," Tom Kunz, a bat biologist at Boston University, told CBS News Science and Technology Correspondent Daniel Sieberg.

Biologists are struggling to understand a fungus called white nose syndrome that has killed more than a million bats over just three winters.

The fungus grows on the faces of bats while they're hibernating. It seems to irritate the bats, upsetting their natural hibernation rhythms. They become more active and burn up critical body fat.

"And they're starving," said Kunz. "They have no other source of food."

In some cases, bats fly out into the freezing cold in a fruitless search for food.

"There have been losses of up to 95 to 100 percent in some caves and mines," Kunz said...

 

 
 
RICHMOND, VT, Aug. 24, 2009 - Mounting evidence that several species of bats have been all but eliminated from the Northeast due to a new disease known as white-nose syndrome prompted a conservation group to send a letter today to Sam Hamilton, the new director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, urging that action on the bat epidemic be his first priority....

....“Scientists are saying this disease could be on the West Coast in two to three years, at the rate it is spreading,” said Mollie Matteson, a wildlife biologist and conservation advocate for the Center in its Richmond, Vermont office. “Some scientists are even warning that under a worst-case scenario, we may lose all bats in North America. Such a tragedy could have disastrous consequences for agriculture and ecosystems because of the role of bats in insect control and pollination.”...

 

September 17, 2009
The tiny male bat didn't expect to wind up in a biologist's hand when he set out in search of a nighttime snack along Box Canyon Creek.

"...Though wildlife officials in Washington and Oregon have received scattered reports of bat deaths this year, there's no evidence of large-scale die-offs and no sign of the fungus believed to be the cause of white-nose syndrome.

"We don't expect it to be here already," Ormsbee said. "But we need to start doing surveillance early."

More than 1 million bats already have perished in what one expert described as the most precipitous decline in American wildlife in recorded history. Extinctions are likely if the white-nose disease continues to spread, and could lead to a population explosion of mosquitoes and other insect pests normally held in check by the winged predators.

Ormsbee, a bat expert with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, leads the Bat Grid - one of the nation's most comprehensive programs to monitor the flying mammals. Since 2002, she has enlisted more than 100 volunteers and biologists across the Northwest to regularly trap bats, record their calls and collect their DNA...."

 

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Re: Another 200 bricks being removed from the first floor ...

Now all we have to do is erect a few more cell towers to mess up the bees.

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Re: Another 200 bricks being removed from the first floor ...

   Bats in the Belfry .   Extinct  ??      Need to check the  attics in churches that get used only on Sunday  .   One or two in our Village were filled !! Had to call in the experts to remove the bats and 7 tons of bat guano  .

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Davos,

     Not sure about the cell towers, but probably a variety of factors working together to contribute to CCD. But I'm sure omnipotent man will use his Godly "GRIN" technologies to devise a solution --- perhaps a genetically modified SUPER BEE that can withstand the onslaught of toxins we spew into the air. We've got a solution for everything, right?

Apiculture Congress Tackles Mystery Of Dying Bees - Science News ...

    Posted on: Friday, 18 September 2009, 05:55 CDT

....Wild bees, bats and other pollinators are not ample enough to perform an equivalent amount of work, leaving significant implications for large-scale agricultural production if honeybees and beekeeping are wiped out....

Bee deaths set apiculture congress abuzz

AFP - ‎Sep 17, 2009‎

By Emmanuel Angleys (AFP) – 5 days ago

MONTPELLIER, France — Pesticides, viruses, industrialised farming, fungus... what on Earth is killing our bees?

That's the big question being asked at Apimondia, the 41st world apiculture congress, where 10,000 beekeepers, entomologists and other actors in the honey business are gathered in this southern French city until Sunday.

Across parts of North America and swathes of Europe, but also now in patches of Asia, bee hives have been struck by a mysterious ailment dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

At normal times, bee communities naturally lose around five percent of their numbers. But in CCD, a third, a half -- sometimes even 90 percent -- of the insects can be wiped out. Eerily, no bodies are typically found near the hive....

...But food experts and environmental scientists are also worried.

The Western honey bee is a vital link in the food chain, fertilising nearly 100 kinds of crops.

Around a third of the food on our plates gets there thanks to Apis mellifera....

 

...Meanwhile, researchers at Britain's University of Leeds have begun a three-year study to see if the bees' decline could have an earthier cause -- a lack of variety in the sex life of queen bees.

They are investigating whether a decreasing number of potential mates means colonies are becoming less genetically diverse and more prone to disease.

Hmm, this would follow my belief that the only thing in the world becoming more genetically diverse is Humans. I was somewhat surprised to learn that 25 years ago Humans surpassed termites as the single largest mass of living protoplasm on the Earth.

Humans are evolving rapidly
December 10, 2007

Humans are evolving more rapidly than in the distant past, according to a new study published in PNAS. "The massive growth of human populations has led to far more genetic mutations, and every mutation that is advantageous to people has a chance of being selected and driven toward fixation. We are more different genetically from people living 5,000 years ago than they were different from Neanderthals", says lead author John Hawks.

 

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Re: Another 200 bricks being removed from the first floor ...

Davos,

There is no concrete proof that mobiles (cell phones) are detrimental to the bee population! I suggest you withdraw that comment. Just because a mobile phone placed near a hive means the bees do not return home, we still do not know what they have been doing away from the hive. They could have been drinking, smoking, . . .  and died a natural death - bees can be b*ggers you know!

On a serious note, could you ever envisage a situation where one industry blames another? For example the tele cons indicate that pesticides could be the cause? Isn't this kind of empirical evidence that supranationals work together? Our Joe Bloggs - your Joe Six Pack, bless them have some really hard truths ahead and I pity his confusion.

Regards.

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Someone suggested I explain why bat extinction would be a bad thing. Here's why:

A healthy bat eats as many as 1000 insects an hour - 50% to 100% of his body weight in bugs every night. Every night. According to one estimate, the bats that have died would have consumed about 694 tons of insects in one year. Can you imagine how many mosquitos and moths there are in a ton? The bugs, uneaten, are now still around to decimate crops, sting people, and spread diseases such as West Nile virus. That also represents several hundred tons of guano – bat droppings – that are not being produced. Guano is one of the world’s best natural fertilizers. Even unused, piling up in caves, it represents a food source for other little critters that may go extinct without it, and we don’t know what effect their loss would have on the environment.

http://www.examiner.com/x-17373-Phoenix-Signs-of-the-Times-Examiner~y2009m8d14-First-bees-now-bats-are-disappearing-Whats-next

 

Because of the dietary habits described above as well as its role in the chain of other life forms, a drop in the bat  population would negatively impact people, especially farmers who benefit from the natural pest control bats perform.

 

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