White-nose syndrome news

North American bat death toll exceeds 5.5 million from white-nose syndrome

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...
 

USGS National Wildlife Health Center releases new WNS submission guidelines for researchers

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center today released sample submission guidelines for use by researchers when surveying bat hibernacula or evaluating unusual bat morbidity or mortality during the winter 2011-2012.
 

Watch your step! We are still under construction...

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
 

Culprit Identified: Fungus Causes Deadly Bat Disease

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.
 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 2012 Request for Proposals for WNS research

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.
 

Mammoth Cave National Park celebrates International Bat Night on August 27, 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.
 

Review Finds Endangered Species Protection May Be Warranted for Two Bat Species

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).
 

Kurta to Spend Next Four Years Underground

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.