Do you see bats where you live? These flying creatures play important roles in ecosystems around the world, from pest control to pollination.
But bats in Connecticut are in big trouble. This hour: Bats in our state have been devastated by white nose syndrome. We learn more about this deadly disease and talk about why we should be concerned that populations in Connecticut have been hit so hard.
Bats in China have made news because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hear why scientists have looked to these flying creatures to understand the origins of a number of deadly diseases.
And we talk with bat researchers about why -- amid fears of a pandemic -- bats need our support, not our fear, more than ever.
Jenny Dickson - Director of the Wildlife Division for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Dr. Kate Langwig - Assistant professor at Virginia Tech; she’s a disease ecologist who studies bat diseases
Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired July 10, 2020.