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  •  I hadn't heard about the fungus preferring higher (7+ / 0-)

    elevations. That does create a sliver of hope.

    I did know that European bats seem to be immune to the fungus and that may explain why some colonies here are completely wiped out while other apparently have a few survivors. If they do carry some gene that protects them and pass it on to their offspring then eventually they may make a comeback, someday. But it will take many years for them to bounce back.

    The similarities between the bats and bees both having simultaneous problems makes me wonder if there might not be some kind of connection there as well. Obviously the bees aren't suffering from wns but who's to say how it might all  connect somewhere further down. There is so much that we don't understand about either one that anything's possible. They may both be warning signs of worse things to come. Canaries in the mine shaft.

    But there's always room for hope, for the bats, bees, and the whole planet, though for me, hope gets harder to muster up every year.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 08:46:06 PM PDT

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