Another once-common Georgia species, the tricolored bat (formerly known as the Eastern pipistrelle), may be headed that way. Populations of the tricolored, Georgia’s smallest bat species, have shrunk so much that federal wildlife officials also propose listing it as endangered.
In Georgia, high-priority species are those that rank highest for conservation efforts under the State Wildlife Action Plan. The plan is a statewide strategy to help conserve populations of troubled native plant and animal species before their survival becomes seriously jeopardized.
Georgia’s bat woes, however, reflect a scary outlook for bats across North America. This month, in its first “State of the Bats Report,” the North American Bat Conservation Alliance said that more than half of the continent’s 154 bat species are at risk of severe population decline.
In addition to white-nose syndrome, other threats are mortality due to wind turbines, loss of habitat and climate change. To see the report, visit batcon.org/press/2023-north-american-state-of-the-bats-report/.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be full on Friday (May 5) — the “Planting Moon.” Mercury (low) and Venus are in the west just after sunset. Mars is high in the southwest at dark. Saturn is low in the east just before sunrise.
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