How to Help Bats in SC… We Hope
In 2011, I wrote about White Nose Syndrome, and what people can do to help. We knew then it was only a matter of time before the deadly bat disease turned up in South Carolina.
On March 11th, 2013, DNR reported that Table Rock State Park near Pickens is the location of South Carolina’s first confirmed WNS case. We feel so heartbroken that summer evenings may become bat free in the near future.
Photo Caption: Here I am holding a northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) during a bat trapping study. Around that time, the science group I participated with found big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus), little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus), tri-color bats (Perimyotis subflavus), eastern red bats (Lasiurus borealis), Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) and northern long-eared bats (Myotis septentrionalis) in Greenville, SC’s Paris Mountain State Park. At least 4 of those species may succumb to White Nose Syndrome and disappear from the area.
We’re still hoping scientists will come up with a way to restore the bat population, but it isn’t looking good.