April 3, 2012 Meeting Topic
Bat White-nose Syndrome: The Canadian Story
Scott McBurney will be the guest speaker for the April meeting of the Natural History Society of PEI. McBurney will discuss the plight of bat white-nosed syndrome, a newly emerging disease plaguing bat populations. Bat white-nose syndrome emerged in upper New York State in the winter of 2005-06 and is continuing to expand and decimate populations of susceptible hibernating bats in eastern North America. The deadly fungal disease was identified in Canada’s bat populations in the winter of 2009-10 and caused mortality in bats of Atlantic Canada in the winter of 2010-11. This presentation will review the current understanding of bat white-nose syndrome and discuss the response of Canada’s wildlife community to the epidemic. McBurney is a staff pathologist with the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre at the Atlantic Veterinary College and participates in ongoing diagnostic work concerning the health of a variety of wildlife species. The presentation will occur on April 3rd at 7:30pm at the Farm Center (420 University Ave) and is free to the public.