I have been a traveling wildlife biologist for over 8 years and have found that there is a true problem in my field of study. Funding is near non existent (and continues to be) for projects that can potentially save an ecosystem, species, or environment, forcing people to work for little to no money to try and make a change in our world. As I have traveled, I have tried to volunteer as much of my time as a permitted and educated biologist to many causes, but always end up having to take compromising jobs to keep myself afloat while helping these amazing research endeavors. I live a minimalist life, everything I own fits in my car, and have never partook in recreational drugs. Yet even with this lifestyle I as well as many other good wildlife researchers can barely keep ourselves afloat without compromising our ecological impact heavily. So I ask for any donation so that me and my companions can fund and help some very impactful research to better our environment and try and help the creatures of this earth stand a chance.
The main research I am currently conducting involves bat welfare and dynamics. Bats are one of the most remarkable groups of animals in the world and impact us every day without our realization. In North America, bats are one of the sole natural control agents of insect populations such as mosquitoes, gnats, flies, and other flying “pests”. In southern parts of North America they are important pollinators and seed dispersers. Overall they are amazing and each bat is unique and long lived, but since the introduction of Pseudogymnoascus destructans, a fungus that causes white nose syndrome, was brought in 2006 over 90% of our bat populations have been decimated in our eastern states and in Canada. The fungus is spreading quickly and will soon ingulf all of North America.
My research is trying to survey bats and find the best ways to brace them from the sever impacts this fungus can have, but with funding so low we are barely able to scratch the surface of potential solutions to help save our bat populations in the west from meeting the same fate as their eastern counterparts.
Along with white nose syndrome, our bat and bird populations are declining rapidly due to wind turbines. There are many potentially successful solutions to reduce this threat to our flying friends but the problem of funding arises again leaving these life changing solutions on the bench, as implementation is too difficult to achieve without support.
My Masters project addresses both wind turbine and white nose syndrome threats to western bats. I am currently looking for avenues of funding to best make my project positively impact these amazing creatures. Any donation would be hugely appreciated, and in return I will send my donors update pictures of the fury friends they are helping save!
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