Fungal Disease

A 21st Century Challenge to Bat Conservation


Since first discovered in 2007 near Albany, New York, bat white-nose syndrome has spread to 20 US states and five Canadian provinces, and the disease is estimated to have killed over five million insectivorous hibernating bats. An outbreak of infectious disease among bats on the order of white-nose syndrome is without precedent. This presentation will provide an overview of this novel emergent wildlife disease and explore the profound impacts it may have on bat conservation in the 21st century.


David Blehert, Ph.D.

David Blehert, Ph.D.,
Microbiologist, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center