The federal government has
launched a plan to combat white nose syndrome, the disease that has killed more
than a million bats over the past few years. In Vermont, white nose syndrome has decimated the little brown
bats and northern long-eared bats – about 90 percent of them have died since
the disease was first found in the state in 2008. We learn more about the
federal plan, and get an update on the spread of the disease and what’s being
done to protect the bats, from Susi von Oettingen, an endangered species
biologist at U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Scott Darling, a wildlife biologist with Vermont Fish and Wildlife.
Also on the program, as the
Republican presidential race begins to take shape, Valley News political
reporter John Gregg discusses how the candidates are positioning themselves for
the New Hampshire primary.
And VPR’s Steve Zind reports
on a student run program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center that’s providing social support to older patients
facing long hospital stays.