White-nose syndrome news

White-nose syndrome confirmed in Nebraska

White-nose syndrome was confirmed after several dozen dead bats were discovered during a survey of a mine in Cass County. The U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, confirmed the disease in three bats from the mine - a little brown bat, a northern long-eared bat, and a tri-colored bat. Nebraska is the 30th state to confirm the presence of the syndrome.
 

$1 million in Grants for Projects to Treat White-nose Syndrome; Webinar for Project Proponents to be rescheduled

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S.Forest Service have partnered to create a new competitive grant program called the Bats for the Future Fund (BFF).    An upcoming grant opportunity will solicit proposals to fight white-nose syndrome, a devastating disease that is decimating bat populations in North America. Proposals must deploy or test treatments for white-nose syndrome or the fungal pathogen that causes it.    The attached pdf has more information on BFF’s Request for Proposals webinar...
 

A Deadly Double Punch: Together, Turbines and Disease Jeopardize Endangered Bats

January 17, 2017 Contact: Marisa Lubeck 303-526-6694, mlubeck@usgs.gov Richard Erickson 608-781-6353, rerickson@usgs.gov Randy Hines 608-783-6451 x398, rkhines@usgs.gov Wind turbine collisions and the deadly bat disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) can together intensify the decline of endangered Indiana bat populations in the midwestern United States, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study. “Bats are valuable because, by eating insects, they save U.S. agriculture billions of dollars per year in pest control,” said USGS scientist Richard Erickson,...
 

Bat Submission Guidelines for White-Nose Syndrome Investigations and Update on Surveillance for Pseudogymnoascus destructans

To: Natural Resource/Conservation Managers From: Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, Center Director, USGS National Wildlife Health Center Date: December 28, 2016  The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) has updated the Bat Submission Guidelines for White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) Surveillance in 2016/2017. These guidelines are posted on the NWHC WNS Web page and replace all previous NWHC bat submission criteria. Included are reference charts and a WNS Management Area map to assist submitters to identify priority species and to collect appropriate samples for submission to a diagnostic laboratory...
 

Pulling for Bats - Bat Week 2016 – Join the challenge and make a difference for bats!

We warmly invite you to join us for Bat Week 2016, an annual celebration dedicated to sharing the importance of those flying, furry mammals we love—and need—so much. We’re excited and you should be, too! During Bat Week, October 24-31, we invite you to host an invasive plant pull to help improve habitat and food for bats and other wildlife. Bats that feed on insects can have a harder time finding healthy food when invasive plants move in. By hosting a “Pulling for Bats” event, you can keep your weed warriors engaged this fall and help out bats!  You can register your...
 

White-nose syndrome small grants program is accepting proposals for research and communication needs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made funds available to support research and communications needs outlined in the White-Nose Syndrome National Plan. This opportunity is open to entities that are not U.S. Federal government agencies. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 12, 2016.   The Wildlife Management Institute coordinates and administers these grants on behalf of the USFWS.  
 

$100,000 Awarded in Grants to Fight Deadly Fungus by Bat Conservation International and Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

Austin, Texas (August 24, 2016) – Bat Conservation International (BCI) and the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are pleased to award $100,000 in funding to support critical research in the fight against White-nose Syndrome (WNS). Together, BCI and TNC reviewed and selected three solution-oriented projects that aim to identify and develop tools to improve survival of bats vulnerable to WNS. BCI and TNC have chosen to provide critical funding to research projects that are developing approaches to manage the fungus that causes WNS, Pseudogymnoascus destructans(Pd). “...
 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grants to 34 States, District of Columbia for Work on Deadly Bat Disease

August 9, 2016                                                            Contact: Catherine Hibbard, 413-253-8569 How do states respond to or prepare for white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that affects hibernating bats? It depends on their location. Actions include looking for the fungus that causes...
 

Relationships of three species of bats impacted by white-nose syndrome to forest condition and management

U.S. Forest service General Technical report by Silvis, A.; Perry, Roger; Ford, W.M.   Description: Forest management activities can have substantial effects on forest structure and community composition and response of wildlife therein. Bats can be highly influenced by these structural changes, and understanding how forest management affects day-roost and foraging ecology of bats is currently a paramount conservation issue. With populations of many cave-hibernating bat species in eastern North America declining as a result of whitenose syndrome (WNS), it is increasingly critical to...
 

Deadly bat fungus in Washington State likely originated in Eastern U.S.

News Release - August 3, 2016  Contact: Marisa Lubeck, USGS: 303-526-6694 mlubeck@usgs.gov Gail Moede Rogall, USGS: 608-270-2438, gmrogall@usgs.gov Jane Hodgins, Forest Service   651-649-5281, jmhodgins@fs.fed.us   The bat-killing fungus recently detected for the first time in western North America is genetically similar to strains found in the eastern United States and did not likely originate in Eurasia, according to a study published today in the journal mSphere.   The findings have implications for resource managers...