White-nose syndrome news

A Deadly Double Punch: Together, Turbines and Disease Jeopardize Endangered Bats

January 17, 2017 Contact: Marisa Lubeck 303-526-6694, mlubeck@usgs.gov Richard Erickson 608-781-6353, rerickson@usgs.gov Randy Hines 608-783-6451 x398, rkhines@usgs.gov Wind turbine collisions and the deadly bat disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) can together intensify the decline of endangered Indiana bat populations in the midwestern United States, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study. “Bats are valuable because, by eating insects, they save U.S. agriculture billions of dollars per year in pest control,” said USGS scientist Richard Erickson,...

Bat Submission Guidelines for White-Nose Syndrome Investigations and Update on Surveillance for Pseudogymnoascus destructans

To: Natural Resource/Conservation Managers From: Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, Center Director, USGS National Wildlife Health Center Date: December 28, 2016  The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) has updated the Bat Submission Guidelines for White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) Surveillance in 2016/2017. These guidelines are posted on the NWHC WNS Web page and replace all previous NWHC bat submission criteria. Included are reference charts and a WNS Management Area map to assist submitters to identify priority species and to collect appropriate samples for submission to a diagnostic laboratory...