Tracking down a deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome (WNS) in Washington is a tough job, and in many ways, we are working blind.
Author Ann Froschauer is the Pacific Northwest Region's White-nose Syndrome Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Today we hear from Jordi Segers, White-nose syndrome coordinator for the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, and self-proclaimed Pokémon geek!
When trying to explain how White-nose Syndrome (WNS) continues to affect Vermont’s cave bats, I sometimes compare it to the Great Depression.
If you've ever had the opportunity to watch a bat chasing insect prey at night, you probably noticed that they are amazingly quick and agile fliers.
What do you do with 43 cold war era bunkers in northern Maine? This has been an ongoing question within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for nearly two decades. The bunkers are part of the former Loring Air Force Base. Loring Air Force Base’s Strategic Air Command was the country’s first operational nuclear weapons facility that provided storage and aerial delivery capabilities of nuclear warheads. When the base closed in 1994, much of the land surrounding the base (including the bunkers) was transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
As a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service specializing in white-nose syndrome, I spend a lot of time working with the media. When a journalist is covering WNS for the first time, we oftentimes have to start with the bat basics: why bats are unique, important, beautiful. Why people should care about bats and the impacts of WNS. It can be a communications challenge to say the least.
Note: the bats in the photos are taxidermied specimens. Never handle a bat.
In my role as White-nose Syndrome Communications Leader for the U.S.