Information for Cavers

The caving community has a strong conservation ethic and has provided long-time support of bat conservation. We request that cavers observe all cave closures and advisories and refrain from caving in WNS-affected states and adjoining states at any time. We also recommend refraining from caving anywhere during bat hibernation to minimize disturbance to bats.

 

Updated "Cave Advisory": Recommendations for managing access to subterranean bat roosts to reduce the impacts of white-nose syndrome in bats

Recommendations to reduce the potential for humans to disturb hibernating bats or inadvertently transport the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome to uncontaminated bat habitats. This guidance was produced by the interagency national response to white-nose syndrome through the White-nose Syndrome Disease Management Working Group.

Updated "Cave Advisory": Recommendations for managing access to subterranean bat roosts to reduce the impacts of white-nose syndrome in bats

Recommendations to reduce the potential for humans to disturb hibernating bats or inadvertently transport the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome to uncontaminated bat habitats. This guidance was produced by the interagency national response to white-nose syndrome through the White-nose Syndrome Disease Management Working Group.

Ask your local theater to show white-nose syndrome public service announcements before Batman v Superman!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25 and you can help bats by asking your local theater to run a public service announcement right before the show. Here's a script to help you pitch the idea.

Hello!

My name is __________. I live in  ___________ and I love going to the movies at your theater.

I wanted to get in touch with you about the upcoming release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

What is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommending in its cave advisory?

What is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommending in its cave advisory?

The Service’s cave advisory has recommendations to limit the possible spread of white-nose syndrome by human activity:

  1. A voluntary moratorium on caving in states with confirmed WNS and all adjoining states; Nationally, in states not WNS-affected or adjoining states, use clothing and gear that has never been in caves in WNS-affected or adjoining states; State and federal conservation agencies should evaluate scientific activities for their potential to spread WNS; and Nationally, researchers should use clothing and gear that has never been in caves in a WNS-affected or adjoining state.
  2. This also applies to mines used by cavers.