White-nose syndrome news

Big, dry bats more likely to survive fatal fungus

January 29, 2016   Contact: Mirjam Guesgen, +64 6 951 7298, +64 21 740 414 M.J.Guesgen@massey.ac.nz, news.massey.ac.nz    Bats’ body type and the environmental conditions they hibernate in may explain species differences in bat mortality from deadly fungus, according to a study published today in Science Advances.   White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease of hibernating bats causing dramatic bat population declines in North America since 2007, yet certain bats survive infection by the fungus.   Researchers from Massey University, New Zealand, the United...

Decades of bat observations reveal uptick in new causes of mass mortality

January 19, 2016 FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Reports of bat deaths worldwide due to human causes largely unique to the 21st century are markedly rising, according to a new USGS-led analysis published in Mammal Review. Collisions with wind turbines worldwide and the disease white-nose syndrome in North America lead the reported causes of mass death in bats since the onset of the 21st century. These new threats now surpass all prior known causes of bat mortality, natural or attributed to humans. A comprehensive study reveals trends in the occurrence and causes of multiple mortality...

Protections Finalized for Threatened Northern Long-Eared Bats

Date: January 13, 2016 Contact: Georgia Parham 812-334-4261 x 1203, Georgia_Parham@fws.gov In an effort to conserve the northern long-eared bat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a final rule today that uses flexibilities under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to tailor protections to areas affected by white-nose syndrome during the bat’s most sensitive life stages. The rule is designed to protect the bat while minimizing regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others within the species’ range. “The overwhelming...