The Little Brown Bat

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014

The Little Brown Bat

A film by: Karlos Bledsoe, Jakobi Johnson, Abraham Kielar, Daniel Paolillo, Katherine Raber

Voice: Tom Colocci

Not too many people know about the plight of the little brown bat, a species common to the American northeast. Recently, populations of this bat species have plummeted due to a bacterial infection, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. Up to 98% of little brown bats have been lost due to this infection, which causes White Nose Syndrome. In this video, we will explore the effects that P. destructans has upon the little brown bat and how this species' demise ripples throughout the ecosystem and into our own lives. Help us protect the little brown bat!

This short film is one of several produced by students at Princeton University in an undergraduate course in Community Ecology (EEB 321) taught by Rob Pringle, assistant professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The students were assisted by graduate students Tyler Coverdale and Matthew Lutz. As part of the lab component of the class, students worked in teams to produce short animated videos about a conservation topic of their choice. The videos were inspired by Casey Dunn's CreatureCast project.