The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced grant awards totaling $962,981 to thirty states for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds for surveillance and monitoring of caves and mines where bats hibernate, preparing state response plans and other related projects.
White-nose syndrome news
posted July 9, 2012
posted June 13, 2012
Efforts to prevent the spread of a fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats will be stepped up after a low level of the fungus was detected on a hibernating big brown bat at Maquoketa Caves State Park. The detection of the fungus came from a swab taken during sampling on the hibernating bats in March. The testing is used to detect DNA that would indicate the presence of the fungus (Geomyces destructans) that causes white-nose syndrome, which has been deadly for bats particularly in the northeastern portions of the United States and Canada. The testing was done as part of a national...
posted May 29, 2012
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome in federally listed endangered gray bats (Myotis grisecens) in Hawkins and Montgomery counties in Tennessee.
posted May 23, 2012
USDA Forest Service Southern Region extends emergency closure of caves and mines on National Forest System Lands through May 21, 2013
Source: U.S. Forest Service
posted May 18, 2012
NEW YORK - May 18, 2012 - EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, and USGS - National Wildlife Health Center announced the award of a grant received from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to research environmental factors that contribute to the increase and spread of white-nose syndrome in U.S. bat species.
Source: Ecohealth Alliance
posted May 14, 2012
New research on white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats will investigate environmental conditions in caves and mines used by hibernating bats. The research will focus on the fungus Geomyces destructans, which causes the fatal disease.
posted May 2, 2012
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (NPS) has confirmed WNS in Hamilton County, TN.
Source: National Park Service
posted April 25, 2012
White-nose syndrome (WNS) was observed in Washington County, Maryland in an abandoned cement mine owned by the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park during March 2012 bat surveys.
Source: National Park Service
posted April 11, 2012
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced seven grant awards totaling approximately $1.4 million to continue the investigation of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, and to identify ways to manage it.
posted April 7, 2012
The goal of the White-nose Syndrome Grants to States is to provide needed assistance to state agencies in addressing the spread of WNS, the resultant loss of cave bat populations, and the threat to federally listed bat species. We expect up to $950,000 in funds for this program.