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Subject: USGS Free Public Lecture Wed., March 7: “Bat White-nose Syndrome: There is a New Fungus Among Us”

Federal Facility -- Photo Id is Required
Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM
Title: Bat White-nose Syndrome: There is a New Fungus Among Us
By Dr. David Blehert

Since first discovered in 2007 in New York, white-nose syndrome has spread to 16 states, including Virginia and Maryland, and four Canadian provinces. The disease is estimated to have killed over five million hibernating bats. An outbreak of infectious disease among bats on the order of white-nose syndrome is without precedent, and although insect-feeding wild bats may lack the easily defined monetary value of domestic animals, a recent analysis showed that they provide natural pest control services to American farmers valued at approximately $23 billion per year. Join us on March 7 to learn about this emergent wildlife disease and to discuss the profound impacts white-nose syndrome may have in the 21st century.

FREE and Open to the Public
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Requests for accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting) require notice at least two weeks before the event. Please email or call 703-648-7770.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012