Diminishing Bat Population and White-nose Syndrome
Experience Al Hicks’ presentation on white-nose syndrome, a phenomenon that threatens the survival of bat species in North America. White-nose syndrome was first discovered in Schoharie County in 2006, and has since spread rapidly to regions in the U.S. and Canada.
Hicks was the mammal specialist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s endangered species program from 1978 until his retirement in 2010. He will discuss the current status of WNS, as well as the ongoing winter acoustic monitoring of hibernating colonies of bats, a program Hicks had initiated. This bat surveillance model has now been adopted by over a dozen states. Hick continues his work as the co-founder of an environmental consulting firm specializing in bat management issues and white-nose syndrome recovery.