Biologists have confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome in bats living in the caves and ledges of Liberty Park in Twinsburg, OH. The number of infected bats in this northern Summit County park is unknown, but the fungus responsible for white-nose syndrome (WNS) has killed more than 5 million bats in eastern North America since it was first detected during the winter of 2006-07. The first documented case in Ohio was in 2011. Park staff made the local discovery following a weekly survey of the area in mid-January. Biologists found a dead little brown bat outside one of the park’s off-...
White-nose syndrome news
posted February 1, 2012
posted January 17, 2012
On the verge of another season of winter hibernating bat surveys, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and partners estimate that at least 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats have now died from white-nose syndrome (WNS). Biologists expect the disease to continue to spread. WNS is decimating bat populations across eastern North America, with mortality rates reaching up to 100 percent at many sites. First documented in New York in 2006, the disease has spread quickly into 16 states and four Canadian provinces. In response, the Service has been leading an extensive network of partners in...
posted November 10, 2011
Welcome to the new whitenosesyndrome.org site! Over the next few weeks we will be working with our partners to be sure we have the most up-to-date information about white-nose syndrome and bats available to you. In the mean time, please excuse our "mess" as we work on creating the ost comprehensive source of WNS resources we can. Thanks, Ann Froschauer National White-Nose Syndrome Communications Leader U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
posted October 26, 2011
The appropriately named fungus Geomyces destructans is the cause of deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, according to research published today in the journal Nature.
posted October 21, 2011
This opportunity is open to all State and Federal agency personnel, as well as non-governmental organizations, university, and private researchers. We anticipate that up to $1 million will be available for high priority research projects through this request for proposal (RFP) process. The announcement will be open for 45 days, with proposals due 4 December 2011. Please visit www.grants.gov for the official notice, found under opportunity # FWS-R5-ES-12-001. Before submitting a proposal for WNS funds, please carefully review all the information and instructions in this RFP.
posted September 22, 2011
posted August 18, 2011
Saturday, August 27, is Bat Night at Mammoth Cave National Park and around the world. Park staff have scheduled activities during daylight hours, and also at dusk, the prime time for viewing bats.
Source: National Park Service
posted June 28, 2011
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the eastern small-footed and northern long-eared bats may warrant federal protection as threatened or endangered species, following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
posted June 24, 2011
posted June 13, 2011
An award of $122,822 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, is enabling Allen Kurta of Biology to continue for another four years his surveys on bats in the numerous abandoned underground copper and iron mines and caves in northern Michigan, primarily the Upper Peninsula.
Source: Eastern Michigan University