Linville Gorge – White Nose Syndrome?

This March I was kayaking the Linville Gorge with some friends when we spotted a bat flying nearby.  At first I wondered, “is that a bat,” since I haven’t seen one since last summer or fall.  To me it seemed a bit cold, in the high 30s that day, and early in the year for bats to be out.  After some discussion the three of us agreed that perhaps this bat had been infected with White Nose Syndrome, a fungal growth that has killed over a million bats, mainly on the east coast, in the past five years.  In a nutshell, what happens is the fungus wakes hibernating bats who are then unable to survive, therefore they perish.  Personally, I don’t know a whole lot more about the syndrome, except that people are urged to stay out of caves in the interest of the bat’s health.  Going in and out of caves is thought to possibly spread the fungus and potentially infecting more bats.  Links to some informative articles can be seen at the bottom of this post.

I was able to capture one photo of the little guy we saw fluttering around while we were eating lunch in Cathedral Gorge.

Brad Kee and I take a break on the hike in.

Wintertime landscape on the Babel Tower trail

Threequence at Double-Undercut Rapid - Kayaker Toby MacDermott

Below Double-Undercut with Tablerock in the background

Brad Kee seal launches in from the portage after Cave Rapid and above Cathedral Gorge.

Rock. Water. Mountain.

This below video is an excerpt from my documentary film/DVD about the Linville Gorge, THE EDDY FEELING.  It can be purchased here at the Store.

Song in the video is “Droplet” by Swank.  Courtesy Southern Lovin’ PR

Spencer Cooke, Effort Inc

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2 Responses to “Linville Gorge – White Nose Syndrome?

  • Exceptional photography, good sir! Quite an extraordinary gorge, with quite the eye behind that lense!!! Keep up that stoke, and let the fire BURN.

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