Bandelier Bat Expert Fascinates Rotarians

Sarah Milligan Bandelier bats, October 2018 (1)

In honor of Bat Week, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently welcomed Sarah Milligan, a biological science technician from Bandelier National Monument.  Milligan told members about New Mexico bats, the Bandelier bat population, the invaluable role bats play in the environment and the growing threat of white-nose fungus which claims the lives of bats that hibernate.  She clarified that only 1% of the bat population carries rabies, but cautioned that, as with any wild animal, bats should be left alone and only for professionals to handle when in distress.  Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature organized by a team of representatives from across the United States and Canada from conservation organizations and government departments. For more information about bats and Bat Week celebrations, go to Courtesy photo.