During Bat Week 2017, bat lovers around the world participated in the first organized "Twitter storm" for bats, where as many people as possible tweeted bat messages with the hashtag (#) BatWeek between 11 AM and 12 PM Eastern time on October 30. Almost 2,500 people and organizations tweeted 4,500 tweets with #BatWeek, which was the 39th US trending topic during that time. The messages reached 11.6 million people, with potential social media impressions of 32.3 million.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife White Nose Bats Twitter account, @USFWS_WNS, participated in the Twitter storm, using #BatWeek, #ABCsofWNS and #whitenosesyndrome. So, with a nod to Sue Grafton, late author of the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series books (A is for Alibi, etc.), we list our Twitter Storm tweets of the ABCs of white-nose syndrome (WNS).
A is for Albany, NY area where white-nose syndrome was first detected in winter of 2006/2007; now in 31 states.
B is for Bat Week, October 24-31 the 4th annual celebration of our only flighted mammals.
C is for Chiroptera, the scientific order of bats, which means hand-wing. White-nose syndrome often damages bat wings.
D is for Decontamination. Keep it clean and prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome!
E is for Echo-locate your favorite bat, white-nose syndrome story.
F is for Fungus: Pseudogymnoascus destructans
G is for Grants: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners fund projects to fight white-nose syndrome. is the culprit causing white-nose syndrome.
H is for Hibernation: White-nose syndrome attacks bats while they sleep through the winter.
I is for Indiana bat, an endangered species affected by white-nose syndrome. Photo by Andy King/USFWS.
J is for Jeremy Coleman [center]and Jonathan Reichard [left], U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service white-nose syndrome coordinators.
K is for Karst, bat habitat formed from dissolved rocks such as limestone forming underground streams and caves.
L is for Leading edge of white-nose syndrome disease front where we're trying to stop the spread.
M is for the Mystery of how white-nose syndrome got to North America. No one knows; fungus probably from Europe.
N is for the National Plan for white-nose syndrome response, which includes hundreds of partners.
O is for the Organization for Bat Conservation, one of the many partners in the white-nose syndrome national response.
P is for Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the name of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome; Pd for short.
Q is for Quebec, one of the five Canadian provinces where #whitenosesyndrome has been confirmed.
R is for Research: Due to the great white-noses yndrome research, we know much about this previously unknown disease.
S is for Survival. Our goal: all bats affected by white-nose syndrome will survive, even threatened northern long-eared bats.
T is for Treatments for white-nose syndrome, several of which got funding last week through Bats for the Future Fund.
U is for UV (ultraviolet) light, which is one of the promising treatments to fight white-nose syndrome.
V is for Vision that white-nose syndrome responders have to strategically fight the disease.
W is for http://Whitenosesyndrome.org where you can find up-to-date info about the bat disease.
X is for the eXtreme mortality of bats due to white-nose syndrome. Six million and counting . . .
Y is for You. Learn how you can help bats!
Z is for Zones free of white-nose syndrome. Still 17 states where the fungus has not been confirmed. Let's keep it that way!