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Bats and Birds with Scott Burnet, Jennie Gilrain & Sarah Bouboulis | LV Discourse

Thousands of chimney swifts (left) made their home in the chimney of the former Masonic Temple in Bethlehem each year. The bat (right) population in Pennsylvania has been decimated in recent years by white-nose syndrome, a fungus.

Karen El-Chaar talks about the importance of bird and bat habitats along with human coexistence. She speaks with members of the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society, the Save Our Swifts project in Bethlehem, and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

First, Karen welcomes Scott Burnet, the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society habitat committee chair and Jennie Gilrain, member and community activist for the Save Our Swifts project to discuss the effort to protect chimney swifts nesting at the former Masonic Temple in Bethlehem.

Then, Karen invites Sarah Bouboulis, habitat project specialist with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, to share why bats are important to our environment, and why white-nose syndrome is affecting bat populations in Pennsylvania.

Tune in to Lehigh Valley Discourse Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 PM following All Things Considered.

(Original air-date: 4/29/21)

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