White-nose syndrome information for students and teachers

Visit these sites for information for students and educators about bats and white nose syndrome.


Education resources for students and teachers

White-nose syndrome films to be shown March 27th at D.C. film festival!

The Race to Save Pennsylvania's Bats, an Emmy-award documentary produced by public television station WQED, and The Battle for Bats:Surviving White-Nose Syndrome, produced in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Ravenswood Media, Inc. and the National WNS Communications and Outreach Working Group will be shown in Washington, D.C. March 27th at 7:00 p.m. See flyer for more information.

Updated Battle for Bats Video available!

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome is an updated, 2013 version of the original, 2011 Battle for Bats video. This 14-minute film shows what government agencies are doing about white-nose syndrome and how you can help. Produced in partnership by the USDA Forest Service and National White-nose Syndrome Communications Working Group, the video may be embedded on your website.

Battle for Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome (video)

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome, is an updated (2013) version of the original Battle for Bats video. This 14-minute film shows what government agencies are doing about white-nose syndrome and how you can help. It was produced in partnership by the USDA Forest Service and National White-nose Syndrome Communications Working Group. Feel free to embed this video on your website.

White-nose syndrome infographic

One-page 11x17" poster with white-nose syndrome facts
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The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend Volume 31, No. 2 Summer 2013 BATS Magazine

A new hope in the battle against WNS? Article by Chris Cornelison in Bat Conservation International's BATS Magazine.

Wild Kratts episode on bats, "A Bat in the Brownies"

This YouTube link brings you to a 2-minute preview of the full 26-minute episode of PBS' Wild Kratts. The episode is about bats and overcoming fear of them and includes information about white-nose syndrome. Information is provided on how to purchase the full episode.

BatsLIVE Distance Learning Adventure: Live from Bracken Cave

Join us Tuesday, September 18 for an "electronic field trip" from Bracken Cave, which is the summer home of the world's largest bat colony. Watch the program live as millions of bats emerge from the cave!

To register and for more information, visit the BatsLIVE website.

BatsLIVE! Bracken flyer (pdf)1.97 MB

Bat Quiz: Test Your Bat Knowledge

How much do you know about bats? Test your knowledge by answering 9 True/False questions. Your score will be calculated as you go, and after answering all nine questions, we'll tell you your score. Good luck!

Project Underground

The vision of Project Underground, Inc. is “People will make wise, informed, choices as they manage cave, karst and groundwater resources to protect the underground ecosystems for the health of current and future generations.” To accomplish this vision Project Underground has a mission to “build the necessary awareness and responsible attitudes towards cave, karst and groundwater resources and their management needs among the general public through educational and interpretive programs.

Cyberhunt: Into the Bat Cave

Questions about bats and links to websites where students can find the answers.This is a great resource for educators to use in their classrooms.

Bats: Why Should You Care?

Kid-friendly website all about bats, why they are important and why they should be protected.

Bats K-8 Lesson Plan

Lesson plan about bats aimed for grades K-8.

Bats and Echolocation, PBS Teaching Guide

A teaching guide about bats and echolocation from PBS aimed for grades 5-8.

Bats in the Classroom, Activities Across the Curriculum

Lesson plans and activities from Education World, for educators to teach use in the classroom to teach their students about bats.

Bat Emergence

Information about bat emergence.

Benefits of Bats and Threats to Conservation

Information about the environmental benefits of bats and threats to their conservation.

Bat Research and Conservation

Information about bat research and conservation from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Bat Behavior

Photos and information about bat behavior.

Physiology of Bats

The physiology of bats from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Bat Facts and Trivia

Amazing bat trivia and important facts about bats as well as instructions on how to build your own bat house.
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Animal Diversity Web

Information about bats on the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Animal Diversity Web.

KidZone Bats

An interactive web resource for kids to learn about bats.

The Adventures of Echo the Bat

A great education resource for children to learn about bats as they follow Echo on his adventure through Arizona to his winter hibernaculum. Sponsored by NASA.

For Grades 5 – 8.

Cave Biota

A collection of video clips and documentaries related to bats and caves sponsored by Hoosier National Forest and Indiana Karst Conservancy.

Bat House Assembly Directions

Step by step instructions for assembling a bat house from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
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Human Spread of White-nose Syndrome: Why Decontamination is Important.

A factsheet about decontamination and why it's important to stopping the spread of white-nose syndrome.
WNS Human Transmission Poster1.21 MB

Bat Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about white-nose syndrome answered by Bat Conservation International.

NBII - Bats and White-Nose Syndrome Resources

Bats are members of the taxonomic order Chiroptera. Order Chiroptera is further subdivided into smaller taxonomic groups called families. In the Southeast, two families are represented: Vespertilionid bats of the family Vespertilionidae and Free-tailed bats of the family Molossidae.

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a new wildlife disease devastating hibernating bat populations in the Northeastern U.S. Since March 2008, thousands of dead and dying bats at over 25 caves and mines in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut have been discovered. Scientists hope to stop the spread of WNS to Canada and the U.S. Midwest and Southeast.

Batty About Bats

An educational resource about bats from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

The Battle for Bats: White-nose Syndrome

White-nose syndrome video created by Ravenswood Media. 

Educational use only (in its entirety) granted to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Credit:© Ravenswood Media.

The Battle for Bats: White Nose Syndrome from Ravenswood Media on Vimeo.

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White-nose Syndrome and North Carolina: an Overview

A fact sheet about white-nose syndrome and how it affects North Carolina bats.
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2009 FWS Cave Advisory

The evidence collected to date indicates that human activity in caves and mines may be assisting the spread of WNS. The primary agent of concern is a fungus that is new to science and may possibly be an invasive species. This fungus grows best in the cold and wet conditions common to caves and abandoned mines and likely can be transported inadvertently from site-to-site on boots and gear of cave visitors. Therefore, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is recommending actions to reduce the risks of further spread of WNS. We hope that slowing the spread of WNS will buy time that is critical to confirming the cause and potentially implementing management actions to minimize the impacts to native bat populations.
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White-nose Syndrome Research Status Report, March 2009

Peter Youngbaer, NSS WNS Liason: This report summarizes all major research projects in connection with WNS from 2008 to March 2009. (Pdf, March 2009)
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Hanging Around with Bats

Activities, lesson plans and discussion questions for educators.

Indiana Bat, Kids, and Caves - Oh MY! An Activity Book for Teachers

An activity book about caves and bats of Indiana for teachers by Diana M. Barber, Ph.D., Sarah D. Tye, & Leigh Ann O’Donnell, the Education Department of Evansville’s Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, Indiana.