Maquoketa Caves to reopen

Photo by USFWS/Southeast, Flickr.

The Maquoketa Caves will open on April 14 for the first time since 2010.

The caves were closed out of fear that humans were partially responsible for spreading a fungus called White Nose Syndrome, which has killed more than 5.5 million bats in North America.

In order to enter the Maquoketa Caves, visitors will first need to attend an informative program about the risks of White Nose Syndrome.

For more information on White Nose Syndrome, check out our radio segment here.

Read the Iowa DNR’s full press release about the Maquoketa Caves’ reopening here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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