Redwoods may offer bats a haven amid disease, rising temperatures

Investigating Coast Redwoods as Refugia for Bats Under Global Change


Bats are a top conservation priority. Not only are these fascinating mammals vulnerable to climate change, but many species around the world are also falling victim to a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome. This disease causes bats to wake up more frequently during their winter hibernation. If the roused bats can’t find enough food, they may starve to death. New research funded by Save the Redwoods League suggests that coast redwood forests may offer bats refuge from both of these threats.

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