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The Ultimate Bat vs. Fungus Quiz
by Staff
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.
  • They hibernate.

Why do bats hibernate in the winter?

  • to conserve energy
  • to stay warm
  • to avoid migrating

Where do bats usually hibernate?

  • in trees
  • in caves
  • under bridges

Something went wrong in _____ and bats were observed to be awake during the time that they should have been hibernating.

  • 1986
  • 1996
  • 2006

What unusual feature was shared by many of the bats who were awake in the winter months?

  • red eyes
  • a white fungus on their noses
  • broken wings

How many bats had died in New York State by early 2007?

  • 1000
  • 11000
  • 21000

How did the dead bats appear on examination?

  • bloated
  • obese
  • emaciated

White Nose Syndrome has been compared to Colony Collapse Disorder. Which animal was affected by Colony Collapse Disorder?

  • honeybees
  • whales
  • possums

How many mosquitoes can a bat eat in one hour?

  • 200
  • 400
  • 600

What percentage of their body weight can bats eat in one night?

  • half
  • equal
  • double

Bracken Cave, Texas, is famous for its bat colony. How many insects does the colony eat each night?

  • 50 tons
  • 200 tons
  • 500 tons

What percentage of bats eat only insects?

  • 0.5
  • 0.7
  • 0.9

Who is most affected by a drop in the bat population?

  • builders
  • farmers
  • scientists

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?

  • climate change
  • pesticides
  • both of the above

What is thought to be the role of the fungus in White Nose Syndrome?

  • a cause
  • a symptom
  • 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?

  • ants
  • beetles
  • frogs