White-nose syndrome news

Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Bat Barn Project

Once slated for demolition, a barn at Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is being rehabilitated to continue supporting a maternity colony of some 1,500 little and big brown bats, the only known bat colony in Salem County, N.J.
 

Bats on your property? Report colonies to MassWildlife

With the onset of hot, humid weather, Bay State homeowners may discover bats residing in their homes. Because Massachusetts and other northeastern states are experiencing a sudden and unexpected decline of bat populations due to a white powdery fungus on bat faces called White Nose Syndrome (WNS), the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is asking anyone with a summer colony of ten bats or more on their property to report that information to agency biologists. Little Brown Bats and Big Brown Bats are the most likely species to be found in buildings. Please report the colony's...
 

White Nose Syndrome Affects N.H. Bats this Summer, Peterborough Colony Decimated

A bat colony in Peterborough, NH, has sustained a catastrophic level of deaths due to an epidemic of white nose syndrome. More reports have come in from other New Hampshire towns about young bats dying.
 

Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Delaware Bat Count 2009 gets set to take wing

Seen any bats lately? More important, seen many bats lately? If so, your sightings could be beneficial to the environment and play a key part in Delaware Bat Count 2009. The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help locate bat roosts and count the bats as they exit their day-time time hangouts.
 

DE NREC monitors bat population for White-nose Syndrome

Delaware environmental officials are closely monitoring the state’s bat populations for any occurrence here of White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that has caused mass mortality—in some cases as much as 100 percent attrition—at hibernation sites in northeastern states. While WNS has not been detected in Delaware, as many as 1 million bats so far have died from the disease, most of them in states with caves and mines that bats colonize when hibernating.
 

DNR closes caves to slow bat disease spread

INDIANAPOLIS - Caves on state properties will temporarily close as a precaution against the uncontrolled spread of white-nosed syndrome (WNS), which is killing bats in record numbers in the eastern United States. There is no known human health risk associated with WNS in bats. While the actual cause of WNS is unknown, scientists are reasonably certain that WNS is transmitted from bat to bat. However, WNS has been found in caves a significant distance from WNS-affected hibernacula, leading scientists to suspect humans may inadvertently carry the fungus from cave to cave where bats...
 

Bat Hibernating Sites in Forest and Westmoreland Counties Remain Closed to Visitors

The state Bureau of Forestry had barred public access to three caves on state forestland in Fayette and Westmoreland counties where bats hibernate in large numbers.
 

Cave Activity Discouraged to Help Protect Bats From Deadly White Nose Syndrome

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking those who use caves where bats hibernate to take extra precautions and limit their use to help prevent the spread of white nose syndrome
 

DEP Says CT Bat Population Hit Hard by White-Nose Syndrome

A syndrome that attacks hibernating bats is much more severe in Connecticut this winter than last and will lead to a dramatic reduction in the size of the state’s bat population this summer, according to wildlife experts at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The DEP says visits to Connecticut’s two major winter hibernaculas – caves and mines where bats hibernate– revealed that 80 to 90 percent of the bats there have died after contracting what is known as white-nose syndrome (WNS).
 

White-Nose Syndrome Seen in Bats in N.H. Hibernaculum

Bat researchers monitoring New Hampshire's hibernating bats have discovered early signs of white nose syndrome on bats in a mine in the Northwest part of the state.