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Adopt the Northern myotis

Myotis septentrionalis

Imperiled according to NatureServe

Endangered under the Endangered Species Act

Habitat: Old-growth forests

Diet: Insects

Behavior: Nocturnal, foraging for insects on the ground or in the air

Recognizable by its long ears and glossy brown fur, the northern myotis, also known as the northern long-eared bat, is a small, insect-eating bat species native to North America. This species has a long tail and a broad wingspan, which help it to maneuver while hunting for insects in slow flight. Unfortunately, a rapidly spreading fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome has caused an estimated 90% decline in northern long-eared bat populations. Consequently, the northern myotis is now recognized as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.

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