White-nose syndrome news

Early surveillance in Wisconsin reveals positive test for the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome

By Central Office January 20, 2015 MADISON - Early winter surveillance of 15 caves revealed that two bats in a single Dane County cave tested positive for genetic markers of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome. Swabs taken from two eastern pipistrelles from a single site in November 2014 tested positive for the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), which causes white-nose syndrome in hibernating bats. This find represents both a new county and a new bat species infected with Pd in Wisconsin. The site where Pd was detected was not Cave of the Mounds, a popular show cave...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes special rule to focus protections for northern long-eared bat: rule would apply if species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

In response to the rapid and severe decline of the northern long-eared bat – a species important for crop pest control – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a special rule under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would provide the maximum benefit to the species while limiting the regulatory burden on the public. If finalized, the rule, under section 4(d) of the ESA, would apply only in the event the Service lists the bat as “threatened.” The Service’s proposal will appear in the Federal Register Jan. 16, 2015, opening a 60-day public comment period. Click on press...

How Does White-Nose Syndrome Kill Bats? New Science Helps Explain Hibernation Disease

For the first time, scientists have developed a detailed explanation of how white-nose syndrome (WNS) is killing millions of bats in North America, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin. The scientists created a model for how the disease progresses from initial infection to death in bats during hibernation.

Three bat species listed as endangered under Canada's Species at Risk Act due to white-nose syndrome

December 17, 2014 The Government of Canada has added three species of bats to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk in Canada (also known as Schedule I of the Species at Risk Act). These three bats species - the Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus), the Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) and the Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus) - have been listed as Endangered, as their survival is imminently threatened by the deadly and highly contagious disease white-nose syndrome.

Study of deadly bat disease finds surprising seasonal pattern of infections: new publication

White-nose syndrome fungus can infect an entire bat colony during hibernation, but surviving bats are able to clear the infection after they become active again. SANTA CRUZ, CA--The deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome has spread to bat colonies throughout eastern North America over the past seven years, causing bat populations to crash, with several species now at risk of extinction. The devastating impact of this disease is due in part to the seasonal dynamics of infection and transmission, according to a new study led by scientists at the University of California, Santa...

US Fish and Wildlife Service reopens public comment period for northern long-eared bat

The Service is reopening the comment period on our October 2, 2013, proposed rule to list the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. We recently received additional information from state agencies within the range of the species, this information is available at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba Reopening the comment period will allow the public to review this information and provide comments on our proposed rule in light of that additional information. Additionally, the public may comment on any aspect of the...

Happy Bat Week!

Join us in celebrating the first National Bat Week! This is the first of many bat-appreciation weeks to be held the last week in October. Bat week is led by the Organization for Bat Conservation in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, Bat Conservation International and other organizations and agencies across the country.

Project EduBat – Education Taking Flight! Live Broadcast October 29, 2014- 2:00 p.m. E.T.

We warmly invite you to join us for a live broadcast designed for teachers, non-formal educators, and all those who care about bats. Bats are amazing animals that are vital to the health of our environment and economy - eating tons of insects nightly, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that that grow new plants and even trees. Join us for an exciting, live broadcast, “Project Edubat – Education Taking Flight” on October 29th at 2pm ET to learn more about these important animals. This free broadcast will feature newly developed bat activities, resources, lesson plans, and...

Mammoth Cave Bat Night takes flight September 6

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., August 25, 2014 – Have you ever wondered how scientists study bats? Would you like to use night vision equipment to watch bats flying out of a cave? Would you like to see what bats eat or hear the different calls that bats make? On Saturday, September 6, Mammoth Cave National Park will celebrate its fourth annual Bat Night. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about bats, talk to bat researchers, and gain hands-on experience using the scientific equipment that researchers use to study bats. All Bat Night events and activities are free and open to the public...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards 1.3 Million Dollars in Grants to 30 States for Work on Deadly Bat Disease

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling $1,276,088 to 30 states for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds to support research, monitor bat populations and detect and respond to white-nose syndrome, a disease that afflicts bats.