White-nose syndrome news

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards 2.5 Million Dollars To Address Deadly Bat Disease

September 29, 2015 Contact: Catherine Hibbard, 413-253-8569; Jeremy Coleman, 413-253-8223 As the international response to combat white-nose syndrome continues, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing an additional $2.5 million in grants for research, management and communications projects. These new investments will further the effort to stop the spread of this deadly fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats, which are critical to the economy and environment, since it was first documented in New York in 2007. The Service provided grants to 26 projects...

Declines and Slow Recovery in Little Brown Bat Populations Predicted: Highlights Severity of White-Nose Syndrome and Critical Research Needs

September 28, 2015 Contact Information: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey Office of Communications and Publishing,12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119 Reston, VA 20192, Marisa Lubeck Phone: 303-202-4765, Gail Moede Rogall Phone: 608-270-2438 Populations of bats diminished by white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease of hibernating bats, are unlikely to return to healthy levels in the near future, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research. USGS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists recently evaluated the potential for populations of little brown bats in...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grants to 35 States, District of Columbia for Work on Deadly Bat Disease

July 1, 2015: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling just under $1 million to 35 states and the District of Columbia for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds to support research, monitor bat populations and prepare for and respond to WNS, a disease that afflicts bats

Grants available for white-nose syndrome research from Bat Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy

Bat Conservation, International and The Nature Conservancy are committed to supporting solution oriented research that prevents 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, non-governmental organizations, universities, and private or independent researchers. Proposals for up to...

U.S. Forest Service publishes plan for North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)

June 1, 2015 Asheville, NC — A report just published online by the Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) provides detailed guidelines for participating in the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat), an international multiagency program created to provide the data needed to make effective decisions about bat populations across the North American continent. Susan Loeb, SRS research ecologist, served as lead author on A Plan for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat), which represents the first step in establishing the NABat monitoring program for bats in North...

White-nose syndrome found in bats in the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK - More incidences of bats infected with white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease deadly to bats, have been found at several locations in the Ouachita Mountains and in the Ozark Mountains. White-nose Syndrome has now been confirmed on bats in caves in Franklin and Searcy counties and the fungus associated with WNS has been found in mines in Garland and Polk counties. The confirmation came after bats from a number of sites were tested by the National Wildlife Health Center and by the Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics at Northern Arizona University.

Recent research may help with future treatment of bats with white-nose syndrome

After several years of research to better understand white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that has killed more than 5 million bats since it was discovered in 2007, scientists are beginning to see promising results that could eventually help treat and recover affected bat species. On May 19 the U.S. Forest Service and partners released bats in Missouri that had WNS last fall but were treated during the past winter as part of a series of experiments the agency is conducting to identify potential treatments for the deadly bat disease. This work complements other ongoing research into WNS...

Fungus Responsible for Bat Disease Found in Oklahoma

Three tri-colored bats from a privately owned cave in eastern Oklahoma's Delaware County have tested positive for the fungus that is associated with the disease known as white-nose syndrome. This disease has been confirmed in seven hibernating bat species across the eastern North America. With these new findings, Oklahoma becomes the third state where the fungus has been confirmed, but the disease is not yet present.

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 (https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/national-plan/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.

$1.5 million available for white-nose syndrome research; request for proposals

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the availability of research funding in 2015 to investigate issues related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS). This opportunity is open to non-governmental, university, and private researchers, as well as State, Federal, and Tribal agency personnel. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 18. For information on WNS and currently funded projects, please see: http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/ . As of April 10, 2015, WNS or evidence of the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has been reported...