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SmileyBat.com was founded in October of 2009 in response to a growing concern for our Chiroptera (bat) friends.

Our goal is to provide access to free educational resources, encourage participation in bat conservation efforts, and promote positive bat imagery to counteract traditional negative stereotypes.

Why is this important, you ask? Well, for a lot of reasons. But the matter has become more pressing due to the emergence and spread of White Nose Syndrome. How bad is it? It has killed more than a million North American bats and is rapidly spreading. It’s so bad, in fact, they have begun calling the now frequent updates to the map tracking the disease GRRs – Grim Reaper Reports.

Here is the latest map, updated as of 12 October 2017.

Map showing the spread of White Nose Syndrom, as of October 2017.
WNS spread map 12 Oct 2017, courtesy of Cal Butchkoski, PA Game Commission

To see how the disease has spread, see all of the maps from November 23, 2010 to present.
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