Hibernacula Manipulation


The MTU College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (CFRES)  in partnership with the Michigan DNR is developing an experiment focused on mitigating the deleterious effects of white-nose syndrome on bats in abandoned mine hibernacula. Specifically, CFRES and DNR aim to lower the temperature within mines to reduce the growth rates of the fungus responsible for white-nose syndrome, while maintaining temperatures adequate for bat hibernation. The focus of this project is to develop a system to help implement the experiment by conditioning and pumping in external air and is to be completed by Spring 2024.

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