White-nose syndrome news

The Nature Conservancy and Bat Conservation International request proposals for white-nose syndrome research

Bat Conservation, International and The Nature Conservancy are committed to supporting solution-oriented research that reduces or slows the spread and/or effects of White-nose Syndrome and the fungus that causes it, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. As such, we are pleased to announce the availability of funding for research projects that identify mechanisms to control the fungal disease White-nose Syndrome and its causative agent. This opportunity is available to all state and federal personnel, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and private or independent researchers. Award...
 

DEM confirms presence of fungal disease affecting bats in Rhode Island

May 5, 2016 Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402 The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that is an often fatal to bats, has been confirmed for the first time in Rhode Island. A tri-colored bat hibernating in Newport County has tested positive for the presence of the disease, and soil samples collected from two other locations in Newport County confirmed the presence of fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), which causes the disease. There is no evidence that the disease poses a threat to humans,...
 

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife launches online bat reporting site

April 14, 2016 SALEM, Ore - With the recent confirmation of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) in a little brown bat in Washington State, ODFW activated anonline bat reporting website. Anyone finding a dead bat or who observes bats flying during the day or during freezing weather should report this via the online site or call the ODFW Wildlife Health Hotline at 866-968-2600. ODFW veterinarian Colin Gillin said WNS is a fungal disease occurring in hibernating bats that has killed more than six million bats since 2006 when it was...
 

Idaho heightens response efforts for white-nose syndrome

For immediate release: April 13, 2016 Contact: Rita Dixon, Idaho Department of Fish and Game rita.dixon@idfg.idaho.gov, 208-287-2735 Mark Drew, Idaho Department of Fish and Game mark.drew@idfg.idaho.gov, 208-939-9171   BOISE - The recent confirmation of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease of hibernating bats, in Washington state has heightened concern over bats in Idaho. The primary goal of the state is to prevent the introduction of the fungus that causes WNS while preparing for its potential arrival. Click on link for full press release.
 

National white-nose syndrome decontamination protocol, April 2016

The latest formal revision of the national decontamination protocol to prevent spread of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome. This document is the product of a collaborative effort between with multiple federal and state agencies and several non-governmental organizations.
 

Bat with white-nose syndrome confirmed in Washington state

March 31, 2016 OLYMPIA – White-nose syndrome (WNS) has been confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) found near North Bend – the first recorded occurrence of this devastating bat disease in western North America. The presence of this disease was verified by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center. WNS has spread quickly among bats in other affected areas, killing more than six million beneficial insect-eating bats in North America since it was first documented nearly a decade ago. WNS is not known to pose a threat to humans, pets, livestock...
 

Updated "Cave Advisory": Recommendations for managing access to subterranean bat roosts to reduce the impacts of white-nose syndrome in bats

Recommendations to reduce the potential for humans to disturb hibernating bats or inadvertently transport the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome to uncontaminated bat habitats. This guidance was produced by the interagency national response to white-nose syndrome through the White-nose Syndrome Disease Management Working Group.
 

Bats in Asia found to have resistance to white-nose syndrome fungus. New findings suggest at least some declining North American bat species could eventually evolve resistance to the devastating disease

March 9, 2016 Contact: Tim Stephens (831) 459-4352; stephens@ucsc.edu For Immediate Release SANTA CRUZ, CA--As the deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome continues to spread across North America, scientists are studying bats in China to understand how they are able to survive infections with the same fungus that has wiped out millions of North American bats. By comparing disease dynamics in North American and Asian bat populations, researchers have found evidence that Asian bat species have much lower levels of infection than North American species and therefore are resistant to...
 

White-nose syndrome, a disease that can kill bats, confirmed in Minnesota

Media contacts: Ed Quinn, Natural Resource Program consultant, Parks and Trails Division, 651-259-5594, edward.quinn@state.mn.us; Gerda Nordquist, Minnesota Biological Survey supervisor/mammalogist, Ecological and Water Resources Division, 651-259-5124, gerda.nordquist@state.mn.us; Jim Essig, park manager, Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, 218-300-7003, jim.essig@state.mn.us White-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats, has been confirmed at Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota,...
 

Ask your local theater to show white-nose syndrome public service announcements before Batman v Superman!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25 and you can help bats by asking your local theater to run a public service announcement right before the show. Here's a script to help you pitch the idea. Hello! My name is __________. I live in  ___________ and I love going to the movies at your theater. I wanted to get in touch with you about the upcoming release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Did you know that bats in North America are dying by the millions from a disease called white-nose syndrome? In light of this, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cast member Ben...