White-nose syndrome news

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces requests for proposals for white-nose syndrome research

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is pleased to announce the availability of new research funding 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.

Identifying Bats By Sound Following White-Nose Syndrome, Acoustic Method Best for Sampling Bats

BLACKSBURG, VA. – Recording bats' echolocation "calls" is the most efficient and least intrusive way of identifying different species of bats in a given area, providing insight into some populations that have been decimated by white-nose syndrome.This new research by scientists from Virginia Tech, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army is published in the Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment.

BCI and Tennessee Chapter of TNC announce request for proposals for white-nose syndrome research

Bat Conservation International and the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy are requesting proposals for white-nose syndrome research. Grants of up to $50,000 are available for high-priority research projects. See attachment for more information.

Vermont Public Television - Outdoor Journal, Bat Research Segment

Vermont biologists study the impact of white-nose syndrome on bats.

Caves Remain Closed to Protect Bats in Ozark-St. Francis National Forests (Jan. 30, 2014)

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. —In the wake of the Arkansas Game...

White-nose syndrome confirmed in Arkansas

Arkansas becomes 23rd state to confirm deadly disease in bats YELLVILLE – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome, a disease fatal to several bat species, in Arkansas. The disease was documented in two northern long-eared bats found at a cave on natural area managed by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission in Marion County. White-nose syndrome is thought to be transmitted primarily from bat to bat or substrate to bat, but fungal spores may be inadvertently carried to caves by humans on clothing, boots and equipment. The syndrome is...

UA researchers trace bat killer’s path

As North American bats face a death toll approaching 7 million, University of Akron scientists reveal new clues about their killer, White Nose Syndrome, or WNS. The UA researchers reveal that the deadly WNS fungus can likely survive in caves with or without the presence of bats and threatens the regional extinction of North American bats.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center released updated Bat Submission Guidelines for WNS

From Wildlife Health Bulletin 2014-01 "The National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) has updated the Bat Submission Guidelines for the 2013/2014 WNS surveillance season. These guidelines, which are available on the NWHC WNS Web page, replace all previous NWHC bat submission criteria. Included are reference charts to assist submitters with selecting priority species and appropriate samples for diagnostic submission based on location (a map that designates WNS Management Areas as either within the endemic area, the intermediate area, or the at-risk area is included on page 10). These guidelines...

Updated Battle for Bats Video available!

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome is an updated, 2013 version of the original, 2011 Battle for Bats video. This 14-minute film shows what government agencies are doing about white-nose syndrome and how you can help. Produced in partnership by the USDA Forest Service and National White-nose Syndrome Communications Working Group, the video may be embedded on your website.

The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend Volume 31, No. 2 Summer 2013 BATS Magazine

A new hope in the battle against WNS? Article by Chris Cornelison in Bat Conservation International's BATS Magazine.