In response to the rapid and severe decline of the northern long-eared bat – a species important for crop pest control – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a special rule under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would provide the maximum benefit to the species while limiting the regulatory burden on the public. If finalized, the rule, under section 4(d) of the ESA, would apply only in the event the Service lists the bat as “threatened.” The Service’s proposal will appear in the Federal Register Jan. 16, 2015, opening a 60-day public comment period. Click on press...
White-nose syndrome news
posted January 15, 2015
posted January 6, 2015
For the first time, scientists have developed a detailed explanation of how white-nose syndrome (WNS) is killing millions of bats in North America, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin. The scientists created a model for how the disease progresses from initial infection to death in bats during hibernation.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
posted December 17, 2014
December 17, 2014 The Government of Canada has added three species of bats to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk in Canada (also known as Schedule I of the Species at Risk Act). These three bats species - the Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus), the Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) and the Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus) - have been listed as Endangered, as their survival is imminently threatened by the deadly and highly contagious disease white-nose syndrome.
posted December 3, 2014
White-nose syndrome fungus can infect an entire bat colony during hibernation, but surviving bats are able to clear the infection after they become active again. SANTA CRUZ, CA--The deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome has spread to bat colonies throughout eastern North America over the past seven years, causing bat populations to crash, with several species now at risk of extinction. The devastating impact of this disease is due in part to the seasonal dynamics of infection and transmission, according to a new study led by scientists at the University of California, Santa...
Source: University of California, Santa Cruz, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Boston University
posted November 19, 2014
The Service is reopening the comment period on our October 2, 2013, proposed rule to list the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. We recently received additional information from state agencies within the range of the species, this information is available at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba Reopening the comment period will allow the public to review this information and provide comments on our proposed rule in light of that additional information. Additionally, the public may comment on any aspect of the...
posted October 28, 2014
Join us in celebrating the first National Bat Week! This is the first of many bat-appreciation weeks to be held the last week in October. Bat week is led by the Organization for Bat Conservation in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, Bat Conservation International and other organizations and agencies across the country.
posted October 2, 2014
We warmly invite you to join us for a live broadcast designed for teachers, non-formal educators, and all those who care about bats. Bats are amazing animals that are vital to the health of our environment and economy - eating tons of insects nightly, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that that grow new plants and even trees. Join us for an exciting, live broadcast, “Project Edubat – Education Taking Flight” on October 29th at 2pm ET to learn more about these important animals. This free broadcast will feature newly developed bat activities, resources, lesson plans, and...
posted August 27, 2014
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., August 25, 2014 – Have you ever wondered how scientists study bats? Would you like to use night vision equipment to watch bats flying out of a cave? Would you like to see what bats eat or hear the different calls that bats make? On Saturday, September 6, Mammoth Cave National Park will celebrate its fourth annual Bat Night. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about bats, talk to bat researchers, and gain hands-on experience using the scientific equipment that researchers use to study bats. All Bat Night events and activities are free and open to the public...
Source: National Park Service
posted August 25, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling $1,276,088 to 30 states for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds to support research, monitor bat populations and detect and respond to white-nose syndrome, a disease that afflicts bats.
posted August 6, 2014
Wildlife management agencies in three states—Arkansas, Michigan, and Wisconsin—reported their first confirmed cases of white-nose syndrome (WNS) among clinically affected cave-hibernating bats this past winter season, increasing the total number of affected states to 25. Although no new Canadian provinces were added in winter 2013/2014 to the five that are affected, continued expansion of the disease was reported in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario, as well as in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. (See link for more)
Source: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)