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...
White-nose syndrome news
posted November 19, 2014
posted October 28, 2014
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.
posted October 2, 2014
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...
posted August 27, 2014
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...
Source: National Park Service
posted August 25, 2014
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.
posted August 6, 2014
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)
Source: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
posted July 17, 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.
posted July 2, 2014
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.
Source: U.S. Forest Service
posted June 30, 2014
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...
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...