Minneapolis Audubon Society: Friday, April 14: Minnesota Bats & White Nose Syndrome

(Please Note: the Minneapolis Audubon Society is a separate organization from the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis. The Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis strongly supports the activities of the Minneapolis Audubon Society. The two organizations often work together on projects that benefit birds and their habitat.)

The Minneapolis Audubon Society offers monthly program meetings except during the months of June, July and August. Programs are held the second Friday of the month at 1 p.m. at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Av S, Minneapolis (on the SE corner of Bryant Av S & W 31st St). The programs are free and open to the public and refreshments are served. The #4 bus stops right by the building and runs every 15 minutes. For more information, call 763.533.8381

Friday, April 14, 2017: Minnesota Bats & White Nose Syndrome; Christi Spak

Christi Spak, Zoologist, Minnesota Biological Survey, MNDNR-Division of Ecological and Water Resources. Minnesota is now on the leading edge of White-nose syndrome; a fungal disease that has killed at least 5.5 million hibernating bats in the United States and Canada since its discovery in New York in 2007. With bats playing such an integral role in the ecosystem consuming thousands of insects each night, the effects of this epidemic are likely very far-reaching. The ecology and biology of Minnesota’s bats will be discussed; the aspects that threaten their survival and the latest research that could help limit the spread of this deadly disease.