Well, thanks to taking mycology this semester, I learned something. White nose syndrome affects 6 species of bats in North America and with the way things are going, they will become extinct. It's caused by a fungus that disrupts the breathing usually of the bat and causes it to wake up frequently when it is supposed to be hibernating in the winter. This causes wasted energy for the bat to be looking for food in the winter. Essentially, the bats die of starvation. IIN to be upset about this? Most focus is on how humans affect the environment but there are other things going on right under our noses...or the bat's noses.