White-nose syndrome news

NFWF Announces $1.36 Million in Grants to Find Cure for Bat Disease

In the hopes of delivering a Halloween treat for bats, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced more than $1.36 million in grants to combat white-nose syndrome (WNS) and promote the survival of bats in North America. The grants were awarded through the Bats for the Future Fund (BFF), a public-private partnership between NFWF, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Shell Oil Company and Southern Company.

Deadly Fungus Affecting Hibernating Bats Could Spread During Summer

August 1, 2017 Contact: Marisa Lubeck, 303-526-6694, mlubeck@usgs.gov Gail Moede Rogall, 608-270-2438, gmrogall@usgs.gov The cold-loving fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd) that causes white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of North American bats during hibernation, could also spread in summer months. Bats and humans visiting contaminated caves and mines can inadvertently contribute to the spread of the fungus, according to a recently published study by the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS scientists tested samples collected from bats, the environment and...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides 1 million dollars to states to combat bat-killing fungal disease

 July 17, 2017             Contact: Catherine Hibbard, 413-531-4276 Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced over $1 million in grants to 37 states and the District of Columbia to help combat white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats in recent years. Funds will help states find ways to prevent the spread of WNS while increasing survival rates of afflicted species. The grants bring the total funding to states for WNS response over the last eight years to $7 million. This financial support is part...

Alabama Survey Finds First Southeastern Bat with White-nose Syndrome

Press Release June 1, 2017 Contacts: Nick Sharp, ADCNR, nicholas.sharp@dcnr.alabama.gov, 256-308-2517 Marisa Lubeck, USGS, mlubeck@usgs.gov, 303-202-4765 Catherine Hibbard, FWS, Catherine_Hibbard@fws.gov, 413-253-8569  Biologists have confirmed white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the southeastern bat (Myotis austroriparius) for the first time. The species joins eight other hibernating bat species in North America that are afflicted with the deadly bat fungal disease. The diseased bat was found in Shelby County, Alabama, at Lake Purdy Corkscrew Cave, by surveyors from the Alabama...

Eastern Oklahoma bat tests positive for white-nose syndrome

White-nose syndrome has been confirmed for the first time in Oklahoma, making it the 31st state with the deadly disease that affects hibernating bats. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the disease from a skin biopsy of a tricolored bat, one of two bats tested from a privately owned cave in Delaware County. The county is also home to portions of the Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge, established to benefit federally protected cave species, including endangered gray and Ozark big-eared bats and threatened northern long-eared bats. The fungus...

$1 million available for grant projects to treat white-nose syndrome through Bats for the Future Fund: Webinar April 26th

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service have partnered to create a new competitive grant program called the Bats for the Future Fund (BFF).  An upcoming grant round will solicit proposals to deploy or test treatments for white-nose syndrome and the fungal pathogen that causes it to fight the disease that is decimating bat populations in North America.  In the attached pdf notification you will see additional information related to the BFF’s Request for Proposal and April 26th webinar.  Please feel free to share...

Request for Proposals for White-Nose Syndrome Research Grants 2017

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the availability of research funding in 2017 to investigate issues related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome disease of hibernating bats. This opportunity is open to non-governmental, university, and private researchers, as well as State and Federal agencies, and Tribes. The deadline for proposal submission is May 30th. The Service has targeted up to $1.2 million, with a limit of $250,000 for individual projects, to investigate high-priority questions about white-nose syndrome that will improve our ability to manage...

Micro grants for microbats: announcing fightwns' request for proposals

Fightwns announces their 2017 Request for Proposals for grants to address white-nose syndrome disease of hibernating bats and the causative agent, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The 'Micro Grants for Microbats' program awards up to $5000 to recipients across North America. This opportunity applies to state and federal personnel, NGO's, academic institutions and private or independent researchers.   Please submit proposals by May 16, 2017.

Fungus that Causes White-nose Syndrome in Bats Detected in Texas

The fungus that causes deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) in hibernating bats has been detected in Texas for the first time. The fungus was detected on species of hibernating bats in six North Texas Counties: Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Hardeman, King, and Scurry. The three species are tri-colored bat, cave myotis, and Townsend’s big-eared bat. This is the first detection of the fungus on both cave myotis and Townsend’s big-eared bats. The Townsend’s big-eared bat has an isolated subspecies in the East, the Virginia Big Eared Bat that has already tested positive for the fungus.

White-nose syndrome confirmed in five more Minnesota counties

Following the pattern observed in neighboring states, white-nose syndrome is now confirmed in six Minnesota counties, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The DNR confirmed the state's first case of WNS in St. Louis County during bat counts last March.