Day 7. Winter is Not Always Napping Time
Today Riley Bernard (follow her @RileyFBernard) tell us about how often the Rafinesque’s Big-Eared Bat goes in and out of torpor more often than other North American Bats. Not every night is the same and bats are able to sense for those changes in temperature and go in and out of torpor and how this ability may provide a leg up agains WNS.
The paper by Johnson and collaborators can be found here.
Johnson, J. S., et al. (2012). "Frequent Arousals from Winter Torpor in Rafinesque’s Big-Eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii)." PLoS One 7(11): e49754.