Small But Mighty
They seem scary to many people, but a world without bats is scarier. Bats eat millions of flying pests each night, helping to control mosquitos and moths and saving farmers billions of dollars in pesticides.
White-Nose Syndrome [WNS] Threatened Bat Populations,br> WNS is a disease causing mass die-offs of bats at hibernation sites, including Fort Delaware. The disease was first detected in the United States in 2006 and killed millions of bats in the first 7 years. Bats affected by WNS have been detected in 33 U.S. states and seven Canada provinces as of 2019, and the disease continues to spread at an alarming rate.
WNS is caused by a fungal pathogen called Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), which grows in cold, dark, and damp places. Pd erodes the bat's skin tissue and causes more frequent arousal during hibernation; resulting in cellular disruptions, dehydration, starvation, and often death.
Erected by Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; Delaware Division Fish & Wildlife; Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 2006.
Location. 39° 34.757′ N, 75° 35.223′ W. Marker is in Delaware City, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of Clinton Street and Harbor Street, on the right when traveling north on Clinton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Clinton St, Delaware City DE 19706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waterfront at Delaware City (within shouting distance of this marker); Sailing on the C&D Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Coastal Defense Forts (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lock at Delaware City (within shouting distance of this marker); The Diving Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Delaware City Veteran's Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Building the C&D Canal (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Delaware City (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delaware City.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 18 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.