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This dead Indiana bat, found in an abandoned mine in Rosendale, N.Y., died of white-nose syndrome. (Associated Press)

State No. 30 confirms white-nosed syndrome in bats

WILDLIFE -- White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in Nebraska, the 30th state to document the devastating fungal disease that affects hibernating bats. The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin confirmed white-nose syndrome in three bats from the Cass County mine, including...

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This dead Indiana bat,  found in an abandoned mine in Rosendale, N.Y., died of white-nose syndrome.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Bat with white-nose syndrome found in Washington

WILDLIFE – White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) found near North Bend. It's the first recorded occurrence of this devastating bat disease in western North America. Following are details from a media release by the agencies involved -- the...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

Program focuses on virtues of bats.

Biologist promotes bats in free CdA program

WILDLIFE WATCHING – A wildlife biologists will present a free program, “Bats: Wonders of the Night, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. Jenny Taylor plans to explain why bats are important to everyone, debunk...

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FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

Little brown bat. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Bats, bears, bighorns and more at Sinlahekin seminars

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Experts will be making free presentations on bats, bears, bighorns and much more July 26-27 on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in northcentral Okanogan County as the celebration continues for the 75th anniversary of Washington’s FIRST wildlife area. It’s the third summer weekend...

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MONDAY, NOV. 25, 2013

Wind farms such as the one shown above at Altamont Pass in California are killing hundreds of thousands of birds each year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Wind turbines -- depending on their size, location and speed of the blades -- have been identified as a lethal threat to birds and bats. (Photo: Mike Parr / American Bird Conservancy)

Graphic illustrates wind energy impacts to birds

WILDLIFE -- Following last week's milestone court settlement in which Duke Energy will pay $1 million to mitigate for the deaths of golden eagles and other birds caused by wind turbines in Wyoming, Northwest Public Radio featured this EarthFix graphic to help explain in simple...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013

Wind farms are a threat to certain bird species. (American Bird Conservancy)

Report: Wind farms take alarming toll on bats 

WILDLIFE -- Researchers continue to quantify the impact wind turbines are having on wildlife, and the numbers are staggering. Northwest Public Radio cites researchers who say wind farms killed 600,000-900,000 bats in the United States last year. The American Bird Conservancy has been calling for...

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TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013

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Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome photographed in New York.
 (Al Hicks / NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation )

Canada moves to protect bats in face of disease

WILDLIFE -- Concerned about bat die-off caused by white-nose syndrome, a fungus-caused disease that has decimated bat populations in the United States and Canada, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada has asked the federal government to issue an emergency order designating...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012


TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2011

Scott Crocoll holds a dead Indiana bat in an abandoned mine in Rosendale, N.Y., in January. The U.S. Forest Service is preparing to close thousands of caves and former mines in the eastern U.S.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Tonight: Biologist to explain value of bats

WILDLIFE -- Learn the global importance of bats and the differences of the 15 species found in Washington during a free presentation by Washingotn Fish and Wildlfie Department wildlife biologist Ella Rowan, Tuesday (Aug. 2), 7 p.m., at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council auditorium, 6116...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22, 2010

Bats taking a beating from fungal disease

WILDLIFE -- It hasn't been detected yet in the West, but a flesh-eating fungus known as white-nose syndrome is devastating bat populations in the eastern half of the United States. In the past four years, more than one million bats from at least seven species...

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