The bat crisis hit home this morning in my city of St. Louis. A nearby cave has been closed because of a fungus that’s killing bats. Bats are dying off in alarming numbers because of a fungus called “white nose syndrome.” The problem was discovered in the Northeast several years ago. This lead from the Washington Post in early April sums it up:

“First, the frogs began disappearing, with as many as 122 species becoming extinct worldwide since 1980. Then honeybee colonies began to collapse. Scientists fear that bats might be next.”