Experience: The Race to Save Pennsylvania's Bats Premieres Monday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV
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January 18, 2012
STATE BAT POPULATION NEAR EXTINCTION DUE TO FUNGUS SPREADING NATIONWIDE
PITTSBURGH—More than a million bats in the northeastern United States have died from a fungus called White Nose Syndrome (WNS.) While bats might conjure fear, they provide an essential service to all humans by helping to control pests that pose threats to our agriculture, forestry and health. On Monday, January 23 WQED’s local documentary series Experience presents The Race to Save Pennsylvania’s Bats at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV.
With more than 98% of Pennsylvania’s cave bats gone, biologists are calling WNS the worst wildlife crisis in history. Emmy® Award winning producer Gina Catanzarite takes viewers inside local caves, mines and research labs to reveal how Pennsylvania has emerged as a national leader in the fight against WNS. Featured in the documentary are endangered mammal specialist Greg Turner and biologist Cal Butchkoski of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, along with renowned bat researcher Dr. DeeAnn Reeder of Bucknell University. The program also shows how Pennsylvania residents can help slow the spread of this disease in their own neighborhoods.
Experience programs may be viewed the day after their premiere broadcast online at wqed.org along with other local WQED productions including Horizons, It’s Pittsburgh...& A Lot Of Other Stuff, Pittsburgh 360° and 4802. Experience airs Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV and showcases locally produced half-hour documentaries. For more information regarding Experience go to: wqed.org/experience and “Like” on Facebook® at facebook.com/ExperienceOnWQED.
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