Very few indeed :(
The last time I saw a bat alive, was March 20. Story HERE.
A few were brought in dead since then but none lately, when you'd expect to see them.
White-nose syndrome, caused the fungus Geomyces destructans, was first identified in New York in 2006. Since that time, it has moved further afield, destroying millions of bats in the process. It was first documented in N.B. in March, 2011 and has had a huge impact, essentially wiping out major overwintering caves.
This past winter, there were many of reports of bats out when these bats should have been hibernating. These were no doubt sick bats which did not survive.
I too have not observed a single bat this year, even though I did go to sites at least twice, where I used to see significant numbers.
For more info, see the following links:
All the best,
Thanks everyone for the info and links , much appreciated and very disturbing to say the least ,to read what has happened to the bat population. Dwayne posted info sometime ago , and up to that point I had no idea. Sad really ...(
hi glen..i,m in miramichi and usually there is all kinds of bats but no none this year...really sad yes indeed
Saw 2 in mid-August in Saint George.
Saw a single Little Brown Bat on Machias Seal Island on 3 successive nights 1st week in September and another once last week.
I believe that amounts to a either 3 or 4 for the entire summer.
Not seeing any; I miss seeing them.