White Nose Syndrome is a fungus that has killed almost two million bats in North America, maybe more. It was recently discovered this winter as far south as North Carolina. These mammals, bats, are an integral part of our ecosystem and are important to our comfort and economy. They feed on nighttime insects, like mosquitoes, and actively target agricultural pests for food. They consume up to 3,000 insects in one night. Without bats we would have to spend more on pesticides, which have other environmental and human health impacts. We also would have more insects like mosquitoes, which are disease vectors.

Research, like that carried out by the Southeastern Wildlife Cooperative Disease Study, has little time to attempt to figure out a management plan for white nose syndrome because it has been spread so rapidly by bats and by humans carrying spores from location to location. We need a concentrated effort to stem the effects of this disease.

This film was produced, edited, photographed and filmed by Jeff Mittelstadt.

Special Thanks To:
Organization for Bat Conservation
at The Cranbrook Institute of Science
Rob Mies

Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
at The University of Georgia
Dr. Kevin Keel
Dr. Lisa Last
Kat Gilmore

North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC
Nancy Dragotta-Muhl

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Thank you for allowing me to join you in the woods on a Bat survey (they are in the film)
Corinne Diggins
Kendrick Weeks

North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC
Where I photographed the vampire bats,
which are not indigenous to the U.S.
United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Gary Peeples who provided one of the photos
of a bat with White Nose Syndrome

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Craig Stihler who provided one of the photos
of a bat with White Nose Syndrome

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