White-nose syndrome news

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.

National Wildlife Health Center Wildlife Health Bulletin 2014-04 White-Nose Syndrome Updates for the 2013/2014 Surveillance Season

Wildlife management agencies in three states—Arkansas, Michigan, and Wisconsin—reported their first confirmed cases of white-nose syndrome (WNS) among clinically affected cave-hibernating bats this past winter season, increasing the total number of affected states to 25. Although no new Canadian provinces were added in winter 2013/2014 to the five that are affected, continued expansion of the disease was reported in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario, as well as in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. (See link for more)

BCI and The Nature Conservancy award $97,000 in grants for white-nose syndrome research (July 15, 2014)

Austin, Texas (July 15, 2014) – Bat Conservation International (BCI) and the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TnTNC) are pleased to award over $97,000 in funding to support critical research in the fight against White-nose Syndrome (WNS). Together, BCI and TnTNC reviewed and selected two solution-oriented projects that identify and develop tools to control the fungus that causes WNS.

June 30, 2014 Cave Closure Order Extended for Five Years for Southern Region of USDA Forest Service

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- The Regional Forester for the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service has extended the closure order for all caves and mines on National Forest system lands until 2019 to help prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a disease fatal for many species of bats.

June 30, 2014 Federal Register: 6-Month Extension of Final Determination on Status for the Northern Long-Eared Bat

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...