The Augusta Aiken Audubon Society meets 6 times a year. Meetings are the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November at the North Augusta, South Carolina Community Center located at 495 Brookside Drive in North Augusta. The public is invited to all meetings, programs, and field trips sponsored by Augusta-Aiken Audubon.

JULY MEETING: The Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will meet on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

PROGRAM: Dr. Joy O’Keefe will present Bat populations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park decimated by White-nose Syndrome.

White-nose syndrome, a devastating disease caused by a non-native fungus, has caused declines in cave-hibernating bats across eastern North America since it was first discovered here in 2006. Since the fungus was first detected in the Great Smoky Mountains in 2009, it has caused the functional extirpation of 3-4 bat species that were once relatively common in this area. In this talk, Dr. O'Keefe will cover the ecological consequences of this loss in bat diversity.

Joy O'Keefe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Indiana State University and the Director of the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation. She conducts applied research on the ecology of forest bats, but also direct research on a variety of topics related to bats. Her degrees in Zoology (B.S.), Biology (M.S.), and Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (Ph.D.) are from North Carolina State, Eastern Kentucky, and Clemson universities, respectively.

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