White-nose syndrome news

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...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 6-month extension on northern long-eared bat listing decision

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...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $1.8 Million in Grants for Work on White-nose Syndrome

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...

Fungus that Causes Deadly Bat Disease Discovered in Mississippi

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.