The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces a 6-month extension of the final determination of whether to list the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as endangered. We also reopen the comment period on the proposed rule to list the species. We are taking this action based on substantial disagreement regarding the sufficiency or accuracy of the available data relevant to our determination regarding the proposed listing, making it necessary to solicit additional information by reopening the comment period for 60 days. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they...
White-nose syndrome news
posted June 30, 2014
posted June 24, 2014
Today U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced a 6-month extension for making a final determination on listing the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as endangered. With the extension, the Service will make a final decision on listing the northern long-eared bat no later than April 2, 2015. As part of the extension, the Service is also reopening a 60-day public comment period and seeks input from states, tribes, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders about the status of the northern long-eared bat. The 60-day comment period begins when the notice is...
posted June 16, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced $1.8 million in grants for the research and management of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal infection that has killed millions of hibernating bats in eastern North America since it was first documented in New York in the winter of 2006-2007. Funding was granted to eight projects at universities in New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. Projects include studies to better understand bat immune responses to WNS, investigations into methods to control the disease, and ways to examine the molecular infrastructure of...
posted June 11, 2014
The fungus known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS) in hibernating bats, a disease that has decimated bat populations in the eastern United States and Canada, was recently discovered for the first time in Mississippi. The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, was detected in samples collected from several caves and road culverts in eastern Mississippi this past winter through a National Science Foundation-funded monitoring project.
posted June 3, 2014
Ravenswood Media produjo “La Batalla por los Murcielagos" para el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de los Estados Unidos y el Servicio Forestal de los Estados Unidos. La traducción al español fue hecha posible a través de la ayuda del International de la Conservación del Murcielagos.
posted May 28, 2014
Scientists working to understand the devastating bat disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) now have a new, non-lethal tool to identify bats with WNS lesions —ultraviolet, or UV, light. If long-wave UV light is directed at the wings of bats with white-nose syndrome, it produces a distinctive orange-yellow fluorescence. This orange-yellow glow corresponds directly with microscopic skin lesions that are the current “gold standard” for diagnosing white-nose syndrome in bats. (click file for full release)
Source: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
posted May 23, 2014
News story and video featuring white-nose syndrome work in New Brunswick and the people behind it.
Source: New Brunswick Museum
posted May 12, 2014
DORSET, Vt. (AP) — The entrance to the Aeolus cave in Dorset is littered with the bones of thousands of bats that have died since white nose syndrome first appeared in Vermont. Biologists are hoping research gathered from data collected over the winter there will help determine if more bats are surviving the disease. Last fall, biologists glued radio tags to the backs of more than 400 bats and lined the cave with electronic equipment that monitors how many of the bats emerged in the winter — a sign of white nose infection and near-certain death — or how many waited...
posted May 7, 2014
May 6, 2014 A service of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation OKLAHOMA REMOVED FROM LIST OF SUSPECTED BAT FUNGUS AREAS After re-examining an Oklahoma bat specimen originally tested in 2010, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center have dropped Oklahoma from the list of areas where White-Nose Syndrome in bats has been suspected or confirmed. The scientists have also removed the Cave Myotis (Myotis velifer) from the list of bat species that have tested positive for the fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) that has been associated...
posted May 1, 2014
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - White-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States, continues its deadly toll on North Carolina bat populations.