Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Wonder of Bats

Annie Kassler, bat enthusiast, recently visited the 7th grade science classes to discuss the importance of bats in our ecosystem. Annie showcased her educational "bat trunk", which she received through a grant from the State of Maine Forest Services.


These often misunderstood creatures are crucial to keeping populations of insects in check and helping to pollinate various crops. Annie discussed the recent decline in the bat populations due to White Nose Syndrome. This microbe is an invasive, and relates directly to the study of invasive species. She explained  how the microbe first came to the United States and what we can do to help the bat population prosper again. 


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