Man-made cave might protect bats from white-nose syndrome

Photo by Microbe World, Flickr.

As we’ve reported before, bat populations around North America have been devastated by a deadly fungus know as white-nose syndrome. In June, the fungus was detected at the Maquoketa Caves in Iowa.

To help the bats, The Nature Conservancy has created a man-made cave in Tennessee meant to house bats during the winter and protect them from the fungus. The cave is about the size of a basketball court, and is equipped with video cameras.

The Nature Conservancy hopes that by monitoring the cave and cleaning it in the summer, the cave will become a fungus-free safe haven for bats.

Read more from Iowa Public Radio here.

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