C. William Kilpatrick, “The Mystery of White-nose Syndrome”

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Howard Professor of Zoology and Natural History of the Department of Biology

Of the nine species of bats that occur in Vermont, only two were of conservation concern prior to the 21st century. By the winter of 2007-2008, white-nosed syndrome had spread into Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut and killed somewhere on the order of 600,000 bats. White-nosed syndrome continues to spread and has now been verified in nine states. It may have resulted in the death of as many as 2.5 million bats in the northeastern United States. Professor Kilpatrick presented the current knowledge of the cause of white-nose syndrome along with ongoing research and survey work to assess the impact of this emerging condition and other threats to Vermont bat populations.

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