White-nose syndrome news

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grants to 35 States, District of Columbia for Work on Deadly Bat Disease

July 1, 2015: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling just under $1 million to 35 states and the District of Columbia for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds to support research, monitor bat populations and prepare for and respond to WNS, a disease that afflicts bats

Grants available for white-nose syndrome research from Bat Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy

Bat Conservation, International and The Nature Conservancy are committed to supporting solution oriented research that prevents the spread and/or effects of White-nose Syndrome and the fungus that causes it, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. As such, we are pleased to announce the availability of funding for research projects that identify mechanisms to control the fungal disease White-nose Syndrome and its causative agent. This opportunity is available to all state and federal personnel, non-governmental organizations, universities, and private or independent researchers. Proposals for up to...

U.S. Forest Service publishes plan for North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)

June 1, 2015 Asheville, NC — A report just published online by the Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) provides detailed guidelines for participating in the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat), an international multiagency program created to provide the data needed to make effective decisions about bat populations across the North American continent. Susan Loeb, SRS research ecologist, served as lead author on A Plan for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat), which represents the first step in establishing the NABat monitoring program for bats in North...

White-nose syndrome found in bats in the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK - More incidences of bats infected with white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease deadly to bats, have been found at several locations in the Ouachita Mountains and in the Ozark Mountains. White-nose Syndrome has now been confirmed on bats in caves in Franklin and Searcy counties and the fungus associated with WNS has been found in mines in Garland and Polk counties. The confirmation came after bats from a number of sites were tested by the National Wildlife Health Center and by the Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics at Northern Arizona University.

Recent research may help with future treatment of bats with white-nose syndrome

After several years of research to better understand white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that has killed more than 5 million bats since it was discovered in 2007, scientists are beginning to see promising results that could eventually help treat and recover affected bat species. On May 19 the U.S. Forest Service and partners released bats in Missouri that had WNS last fall but were treated during the past winter as part of a series of experiments the agency is conducting to identify potential treatments for the deadly bat disease. This work complements other ongoing research into WNS...

Fungus Responsible for Bat Disease Found in Oklahoma

Three tri-colored bats from a privately owned cave in eastern Oklahoma's Delaware County have tested positive for the fungus that is associated with the disease known as white-nose syndrome. This disease has been confirmed in seven hibernating bat species across the eastern North America. With these new findings, Oklahoma becomes the third state where the fungus has been confirmed, but the disease is not yet present.

White-nose syndrome small grants program is accepting proposals for research and communication needs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made funds available to support research and communications needs outlined in the White-Nose Syndrome National Plan (https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/national-plan/white-nose-syndrome-national-plan). This opportunity is open to entities that are not U.S. Federal government agencies. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 13, 2015. The Wildlife Management Institute coordinates and administers these grants on behalf of the USFWS.

$1.5 million available for white-nose syndrome research; request for proposals

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the availability of research funding in 2015 to investigate issues related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS). This opportunity is open to non-governmental, university, and private researchers, as well as State, Federal, and Tribal agency personnel. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 18. For information on WNS and currently funded projects, please see: http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/ . As of April 10, 2015, WNS or evidence of the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has been reported...

Strengthening our Conservation of North American Bats

For the first time in history, North American nations have formalized their shared interest in bat conservation. On April 16, wildlife leaders representing Canada, Mexico and the United States signed a Letter of Intent that will promote monitoring, research and environmentally sustainable policies and practices that support bats and their habitats. The signing was a highlight 2015's annual meeting of the Canada/Mexico/U.S. Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management and comes at a time when bat populations across North America are increasingly threatened by the...

White-nose syndrome confirmed in Iowa; more than half of states now confirmed with disease

DES MOINES - White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in Iowa, making it the 26th state to confirm the disease of hibernating bats that has killed more than 5.7 million bats since 2006. Three bats collected in Des Moines County were confirmed to have white-nose syndrome (WNS). Two little brown bats and one northern long-eared bat observed near a cave entrance showed visible signs of WNS during monitoring for the disease. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin confirmed that the bats had WNS. Pseudogymnoascus destructans (P. d.), the...