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May 2013

Bat Story

Bats in the United States and Canada are under attack. The culprit? White-nose syndrome, a disease named after a white fungus that latches onto bats' noses and wings. More than 5.7 million bats have succumbed. To raise awareness of this devastating disease, the Esri story map team collaborated with Bat Conservation International and others to create an educational story map that illustrates the spread and scope of white-nose syndrome. In this article, Esri's Bern Szukalski explains the steps that were taken to gather the content and create the story map.

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This Esri story map illustrates the spread of the deadly white-nose syndrome in bats and profiles the threatened species.

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Tip of the Month

Make a Map Tour Story Map

Learn how to make your own Map Tour story map like this one that features Palm Springs using ArcGIS Online and a downloaded version of the Storytelling Map Tour template. Read this tip.

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