Hibernation, Bats, and White-nose Syndrome

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Date(s) - 03/05/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Michigan Nature Association

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Join us for a collaborative meeting with the Capital Area Audubon Society as we invite Dr. Allen Kurta to talk about Michigan bats!

The program will explain what hibernation is, why bats do it, and where in the state hibernating bats are found. Dr. Kurta will discuss the overwintering behavior of the nine species of bats in Michigan and concentrate on the species that overwinter underground, in mines and caves. The presentation will conclude with an introduction to white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed millions of hibernating bats in eastern North America and decimated populations throughout our state.

About the speaker:
Dr. Allen Kurta received a B.S. and M.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University. His research for the past 40 years has focused on the ecology and behavior of bats, with an emphasis on the endangered Indiana bat and threatened northern long-eared bat. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals, and he has authored or edited numerous books, including, Mammals of the Great Lakes Region, The Bats of Puerto Rico, and Bats of Michigan. Dr. Kurta is Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee on Mammals for the Endangered Species Program of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the North American Society for Bat Research.

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