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Photos From the Field: Little Brown Bats in Hibernia Mine

March 13th, 2015

Data Collected for White-nose Syndrome Research

By: Stephanie Feigin, Wildlife Ecologist 

This week, Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Ecologist Stephanie Feigin went into Hibernia Mine with New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife Endangered Species and Nongame Program (ENSP) Biologist MacKenzie Hall and John Gumbs with BATS Research Center. The group collected data for important research studies on the fungus responsible for White-nose Syndrome (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) and White-nose Syndrome itself. The data will be used in a UC Santa Cruz University study led by Dr. Winifred Frick, as well as a Rutgers University study led by 2014 Women & Wildlife Education Award Winner Dr. Brooke Maslo.

Hibernia Mine (c) Stephanie Feigin

Hibernia Mine (c) Stephanie Feigin

Hibernia Mine Entrence (c) Stephanie Feigin

Hibernia Mine Entrance (c) Stephanie Feigin

Hibernia Mine Entrance from Inside Cave (c) Stephanie Feigin

Hibernia Mine Entrance from Inside Cave (c) Stephanie Feigin

Stalagmites in Hibernia Mine (c) Stephanie Feigin

Stalagmites in Hibernia Mine (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown Bats (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown Bats (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown being swabbed for study (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown being swabbed for study (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown Bat (c) Stephanie Feigin

ENSP Biologist MacKenzie Hall with Little Brown Bat (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown Bats (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown Bats (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown Bat (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown Bat (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown Bat shows significant signs of White Nose Syndrome on wings and nose (c) Stephanie Feigin

Little Brown Bat shows significant signs of White Nose Syndrome on wings and nose (c) Stephanie Feigin

CWF Wildlife Ecologist Stephanie Feigin holding Little Brown Bat (c) Stephanie Feigin

CWF Wildlife Ecologist Stephanie Feigin holding Little Brown Bat (c) Stephanie Feigin

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Stephanie Feigin is a Wildlife Ecologist for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

 

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