A while back, I noticed an article about large numbers of bats mysteriously dying in New England. More recent articles 1 (with link to video) and 2 follow up on the topic. Scientists may be getting closer to solving the mystery. The problem appears to be spreading to other states. If bat populations are severely reduced or lost entirely, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a huge increase in mosquito-borne illnesses. I hope the bats can recover.