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Service names national WNS leaders

Jeremy Coleman, who has coordinated the white-nose syndrome (WNS) response for the past three years, has been selected for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service position as wildlife disease coordinator, which encompasses his continuing work as national WNS coordinator. Coleman’s involvement with WNS has followed the spread of the disease from New York to 14 states. Coleman has a master’s degree and a doctorate in natural resources from Cornell University. Ann Froschauer has been selected as the national white-nose syndrome communications leader. Froschauer worked at Great Smoky...

What’s good about WNS?

Days in the field are always a break from being in the office; I’ll be the first to admit that. So, when I had a chance to investigate bat activity at the base of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, you bet I went. Bats were flying all over the place doing things they weren’t supposed to: flying in the bright sunlight, clinging to buildings, flopping on the ground and dying. It was bizarre to see bats flying with snow-covered Mt. Washington in the background. You’ve seen the tragic blogs and reports, this was no different. Maybe I should focus on something good for a change. And yes, there is...

White-nose syndrome poetry

Take a minute for a small rhyme, courtesy of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee, about this truly awful problem we’re facing: There once were some bats here among us, whose noses grew white with a fungus. Each time they flew home, they spread the syndrome. And the problem is now quite humongous.

From the Front Lines in Pennsylvania

Much Like Susi…..I have never written a blog before, or ever even found myself chatting to anyone online other than emails…and most them are work related. Arrrg! All those emails that fill my inbox every day with death and disaster are enough to quell anyone’s spirit. So, taking a look back several years ago at the state of Pennsylvania and our bat program, we had been concentrating on protecting significant hibernacula (underground caves and mines where bats spend the winter) from internal disturbances. We were having tremendous success. Bat numbers were on the rise, and even the endangered...

Visit to a New Hampshire Bunker (March 2010)

Ok, bear with me folks. I’m an endangered species biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and this is my first blog – ever. So – deep breath – here goes. Yesterday was a good day in my WNS-filled life! Through a chance meeting with a New Hampshire state parks biologist, I was told that there is a possible hibernaculum in a World War II bunker. So, yesterday the two of us checked it out, it’s really cool – full of old pipes, wires, bits of machinery and best of all – cold, dark rooms with cracks and fuzzy ceilings, just perfect for bats to hang out on. The doors were sealed to keep...