First Friday Lunch Bunch – Feb 7

Maggie Mason

Maggie enjoyed bird banding and monitoring nest boxes when she interned at Audubon.

First Friday Lunch Bunch (Adult)
The American White Nose Syndrome Epidemic
Maggie Mason
Friday, February 7, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm
Audubon multipurpose room
$8 Regular Price; $6 Friends of the Nature Center
Reservations are not required.

Learn all about White Nose Syndrome, a fungal infection spreading across America with incredibly high fatality rates amongst our hibernating bats.

A major conservation issue in America today is White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal infection whose origin resides right here in New York State, and in only a few short years has spread halfway across the country. This disease affects several bat species and has resulted in the deaths of over 5 million individuals. This talk will focus on bat biology and conservation, taking a look at how the infection affects individuals, why the spread of the fungus has been so virulent, and what consequences of this epidemic there may be.

Maggie Mason is a graduate of SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and strong interests in anatomy, behavior, and conservation biology.  She has also served as summer intern at Jamestown Audubon and still volunteers when she has time.

Special Information: Bring a lunch and stay for conversation after the presentation.  Audubon provides coffee and tea.