White-nose syndrome news

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $1.4 Million in Grants for Work on Deadly Bat Disease: $2 Million Available in Second Round

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today grant awards totaling $ 1.4 million for nine projects addressing federal research and response to white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that affects hibernating bats. See press release attached below. 2014 White-Nose Syndrome Grant Recipients, Round 1   1.      Implementation and Summer Pilot of the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) Laura Ellison, U.S. Geological Survey - Fort Collins (Colorado) Science Center; Susan Loeb; Kevin Castle and Rita Dixon (Idaho) $200,638   2.  ...

White-nose syndrome found in tour routes of Mammoth Cave

Date: February 24, 2014 Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192 (MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., February 24, 2014) White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that is deadly to bats, has been found to be present along the toured passageways of Mammoth Cave. Park staff discovered WNS in remote sections of Mammoth Cave last year, including colonial hibernacula. WNS was first detected in New York State in 2006 and has killed millions of cave-dwelling bats in eastern North America. As the disease progresses, bats become active during months when they would normally be in hibernation. Mortality rates of...

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...