Since March 2016, when the first case of white-nose syndrome (WNS) was confirmed in Washington State, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has collaborated with partners, including the National Park Service (NPS), to collect samples from bats and the areas where they live. This proactive surveillance work helps researchers and wildlife managers detect the presence of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (Pseudogymnoascus destructans), and track the spread of this catastrophic bat disease.
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.
How climbers are helping biologists track bat behavior—and why this matters
Climbers—particularly the masochistically-inclined crack climbing addicts who tend to congregate in areas like Vedauwoo or Devil’s Tower—could provide valuable data about the cliff and crack-dwelling bats in the West.
As we near end of October and leading up to the spookiest time of the year, join us in celebrating National Bat Week, October 24-31. Bats are enigmatic, cryptic and contribute in fascinating ways to the overall health of an ecosystem.
See how biologists tag tiny bats as part of a new bat monitoring program at Deas Island Regional Park. One of the goals is to find out if White Nose Syndrome has affected colonies in BC. It's hoped that much can be learned from these important and vulnerable species to spare them from this deadly fungus.
Don’t expect a spotlight in the sky over Gotham City, but do expect furry, flying critters to get their due respect Oct. 24-31 as it’s proclaimed National Bat Week in Idaho by proclamation of Gov. Butch Otter.
Lasiurus cinereus semotus
Common Names: Hawaiian hoary bat, Ope‘ape‘a
Listing Status: Endangered
Where Listed: Wherever Found