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Endangered gray bats are dying from deadly White-nose fungus

Endangered gray bat (Bat Conservation International)
gray bat

Dear Gary:
White-nose Syndrome
It is with great sorrow that I report the White-nose Syndrome fungus has been found on gray bats. Friday, we received word that five bats tested positive in a genetic test for the White-nose Syndrome fungus outside a cave in Shannon County, Missouri-one of only a handful of gray bat hibernacula.

Gray bats are very near and dear to Bat Conservation International’s heart. For decades, we have worked to recover the declining gray bat populations and the species was well on the road to being removed from the Federal Endangered Species List.

That was until White-nose Syndrome showed up in New York four years ago.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Under: Bats, Fungi | 2 Comments »

Dogs please note: some walnuts and fungi can be poisonous

San Francisco Bay Area dog owners please pay special attention. Wet husks from walnuts that fell from trees last fall can be poisonous to your dog.

Walnut poisoning seems to be a local phenomenon, occurring in Contra Costa County, parts of Alameda County and a few other areas around the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you or your neighbors have walnut trees — or there are fox squirrels around — carefully check out your yard and pick up any old walnuts you find. (If you don’t have walnut trees, squirrels can still bury nuts in your yard.)
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Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
Under: dogs, Fungi, Walnut poisoning | 8 Comments »