Many residents are unaware that we have bats in Alaska, but at least six species of bats are known to make their home here. We've learned a lot about the ecology of bats in Alaska in the last few years through research and Citizen Science. Your observations have already provided valuable information on the distribution, seasonality, and habitat use of Alaskan bats, as well as the location and size of summer maternity roosts. It is important that we continue to learn more about bats and bat ecology in Alaska so we can conserve resources critical to their survival and prevent population declines. The many threats to North American bats include White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of hibernating bats back east, as well as wind farms, pesticides, and logging. With the discovery of WNS in Washington in March, 2016, we need your help now more than ever.
Living with Bats
If you have observed bats in your home or if you find a sick or dead bat please refer to our new Living with Bats section for information about what to do and who to contact.