Scientists seek answers on emerging bat disease in Maryland
For three seasons of the year, Beth Stevenson can be found at the edge of streams, nearby caves or abandoned mines, where bats live, eat, and roost. A faculty research assistant at the Appalachian Laboratory, she has been working to understand how a deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome has affected populations of different bat species.
If you go back and look at what folks were catching before white-nose syndrome, they were catching a lot of bats per night, anywhere from 10 to 20. Now if we catch one or two, we consider it a good night,
" she said.