Columbia Public Library to hold presentation on bats, white-nose syndrome

Saturday, March 24, 2012 | 3:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public Library will host a program on bats and white-nose syndrome on April 5. 

The presentation, which is sponsored by Missouri State Parks and the Forest Service, will cover topics related to the world's only flying mammal, including its abilities and a disease that threatens its population: white-nose syndrome.

About the event

What: Learn about bats and white-nose syndrome. The event is recommended for children ages 8 and older. 

Where: Friend's Room, Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 5. 

Cost: Free

For more information about the event, contact 573-449-7400.

For more information about Missouri state parks, go to

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White-nose syndrome is a fungus that seeps into the skin of the bat, destroying tissue as it invades. The first signs of the disease are white spots on the nose, muzzle and wings of the bat, which is where the disease gets its name. Scientists fear white-nose syndrome could decimate Missouri's bat population, as it has already killed more than 1 million bats in 17 states.

Staff from Columbia's Rock Bridge Memorial State Park will present the event, which will include details about the different species of bats that live in the park's Devil's Icebox Cave. There will also be activities for children and the opportunity to see captive live bats. 

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