Something mysterious is going on in the bat world. Thousands of bats have been dying and the cause has yet to be determined. One thing most of the dead bats have in common is the appearance of fungus on their bodies. Is fungus the culprit behind the bats' deaths? Take this quiz to learn more about bats versus fungus.
What happens to bats in the winter?
They fly during the day.
They give birth.
Why do bats hibernate in the winter?
to conserve energy
to stay warm
to avoid migrating
Where do bats usually hibernate?
Something went wrong in _____ and bats were observed to be awake during the time that they should have been hibernating.
What unusual feature was shared by many of the bats who were awake in the winter months?
a white fungus on their noses
How many bats had died in New York State by early 2007?
How did the dead bats appear on examination?
White Nose Syndrome has been compared to Colony Collapse Disorder. Which animal was affected by Colony Collapse Disorder?
How many mosquitoes can a bat eat in one hour?
What percentage of their body weight can bats eat in one night?
Bracken Cave, Texas, is famous for its bat colony. How many insects does the colony eat each night?
What percentage of bats eat only insects?
Who is most affected by a drop in the bat population?
How far had the White Nose Syndrome spread by the beginning of 2008?
within a 40-mile radius
within a 60-mile radius
within an 80-mile radius
What is the mortality rate for White Nose Syndrome?
40 to 60 percent
60 to 80 percent
80 to 100 percent
Five bat species have been particularly affected by White Nose Syndrome. Which of the five affected species are wildlife specialists particularly concerned about?
the Indiana myotis
the little brown myotis
the eastern small-footed myotis
What is thought to be the cause of White Nose Syndrome?
both of the above
What is thought to be the role of the fungus in White Nose Syndrome?
a potential cure
Besides for White Nose Syndrome, how do many baby bats die?
They crash when they learn to fly.
They are undernourished.
They freeze in the winter.
What creature takes advantage of bat carcasses on cave floors?