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      Raising awareness of white-nose syndrome

      Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is trying to raise awareness of a leading cause of death for bats nationwide.

      It's called white-nose syndrome. It comes from a fungus that grows in cool, damp places like caves and mines. Once the bats get white-nose, it disrupts their hibernation cycle, leading to death from starvation and exposure to harmful weather.

      The fungus found its way to Michigan last year. Pictured Rocks personnel are concerned that if it stays, the Upper Peninsula could lose its bat population and the benefits that come with it.

      "Things that we don't even really recognize, such as eating thousands and thousands, hundreds of thousands of bugs that would otherwise devour our crops," says Picture Rocks Park Ranger Andrea Chynoweth. "Without bats, we might have to put a lot more pesticides on our crops, which would be harmful to human health, I think."

      Approximately seven million bats have been killed nationwide by white-nose syndrome.

      To find out more about white-nose and what you can do to help prevent it, visit this website.