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Wisconsin Bats and White-Nose Syndrome
Bats are among Wisconsin’s most amazing animals. As if being the only truly flying mammal were not enough, their food-getting technique also puts them in the “amazing” category.
A vital part of Wisconsin ecosystems, our seven bat species consume thousands of insects including mosquitoes every day. They are pollinators and seed dispersal agents. However, White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease, threatens their survival. Poorly understood, the disease causes almost 100% mortality in the bat species it attacks. While not yet found in our area, it is not far away.
Paul White from the DNR bat project will present a program on our local bat species. You’ll also learn the latest on WNS, and see what we have learned from the monitoring that has been carried out over the last three summers. You are invited to join us at the River Bend Nature Center 3600 North Green Bay Road, Caledonia, May 18 at 7:30. After the talk, those interested may stay for a bat walk on the River Bend property (8:40 to 9:40)
More About River Bend Nature Center
The River Bend Nature Center is owned by Racine County and operated by River Bend Nature Center Inc. It often hosts nature camps for children, but it also rents out cross-country skis and canoes. The nature center is situated along the Root River.
Other events here
- Look Who is at the Front Door Now – The Ever-changing Insect Invasions in Wisconsin at River Bend Wed, May 29, 9:30 am–11:30 am