Communication and Outreach


The Communications and Outreach Working Group plans and communicates a unified message from and among white-nose syndrome partners, responsible agencies and the public. We:

• Share results from research, monitoring, surveillance, management and outreach activities among WNS partners;

• Show WNS as a rapidly spreading wildlife disease with devastating consequences and no natural enemies;

• Explain the importance of bats to ecosystems, biodiversity, people and their economies;

• Communicate research results from WNS collaborators in an understandable way to people interested in bats; and

• Inspire and help the public take actions that benefit bats.

In carrying out our working plan we use a variety of tools and methods and update our priorities yearly to address new information about WNS.



Catherine Hibbard, WNS National Communications Coordinator

Phone: 413-253-8569


Adam Janke Iowa State Univeristy Extension

Ann Froschauer

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Annie Kassler

Maine Educator

Barry Cross Tennesee Wildlife Resources Agency

Camille Harris

U.S. Geological Survey

Carol Zokaites

State of Virginia (Retired)

Catherine Hibbard 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Christine Salomon University of Minnesota

Cynthia Sandeno

U.S. Forest Service

Dianne Joop 

National Cave and Karst Institute

Elizabeth Slown

U.S. Forest Service

Emily Lankau 

U.S. Geological Survey

Eugene Vale

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Gail Moede Rogall 

U.S. Geological Survey

Camille Harris

U.S. Geological Survey

Heidi Kretser 

Wildlife Conservation Society

Justin Stevenson Fight WNS
Marc Gauthier Upper Columbia United Tribes

Jeffrey Olson

National Park Service

Jo Schaper 

Geo Communications Services

Jolyn Ortega

U.S. Forest Service

Jonathan Reichard

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Jordi Segers

Canadian Wildlife Heath Cooperative

Joseph Hoyt 

University of California, Santa Cruz

Kate Langwig

University of California, Santa Cruz

Kate Rugroden Bat World Sanctuary

Kevin Olival 

Eco-Health Allicance

Kristy Burnett 

National Park Service

Maria Thi Mai Bureau of Land Management

Marisa Lubeck 

U.S. Geological Survey

Micaela Jemison 

Bat Conservation International

Newbern, Jessica

National Parks Service

Quin Fletcher The University of Winnepeg
Rachel Blomker Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Rob Huff

U.S. Forest Service/BLM

Rob Mies 

Organization for Bat Conservation

Robyn Niver U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sandra Frost

U.S. Forest Service

Sara Melena 

National Parks Service

Shawna Bautista U.S. Forest Service

Victoria M Campbell 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Action Plans

Battle for Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome English and Spanish versions(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 by Ravenswood Media in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and National White-nose Syndrome Communications Working Group.

La Batalla por los Murcielagos: Sobrevivir al Sindrome de la Nariz Blanca is the Spanish translation of the Battle for Bats:Surviving White-Nose Syndrome.

Feel free to embed these videos on your website.

White-nose syndrome poster available for your use!

<p>Here are a poster and handout you can use at events, visitor centers and other venues to educate people about white-nose syndrome! They are available in pdf format and the original Powerpoint files from which they were generated so you can tailor the poster for your needs. Note that the original files are large --about 80 MB. This poster was developed by the USGS and the White-nose Syndrome Communications and Outreach Working Group as part of a white-nose syndrome grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.</p>

Handout page 1
Handout page 2