White-nose syndrome information for students and teachers

On this page, you will find a variety of resources to learn about bats!

White-Nose Syndrome infographic!

Battle for Bats - Brochure

Battle for Bats - Video

The Race to save Pennsylvania's bats - Video


Bats Live: A Distance Learning Adventure

Bat Conservation International – All about bats!

Organization for Bat Conservation

EducationWorld: Bats in the Classroom, Activities Across the Curriculum

Scholastic: Search for “bats”, “bat resources”, “bat cave”, etc.  to find resources, activities, and books that help students can find answers to their questions about  bats. This is a great resource for educators to use in their classrooms.

Hanging Around with Bats: Activities, lesson plans and discussion questions for educators.


Education resources for students and teachers

Bats Astray Brochure

This is a brochure to alert campers to check their tents, awnings, and umbrellas for bats before leaving their campsite. A Canadian group first developed this idea of a “Bats Astray” brochure, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife edited the messages to be specific to Washington. Link to original materials on the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative site.

Contact: Abby Tobin White-nose Syndrome Coordinator Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Abigail.tobin@dfw.wa.gov

Ann Froschauer Pacific Region White-nose Syndrome Coordinator U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ann_froschauer@fws.gov

Register Now for CavesLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure

CavesLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure explores the world of wonder that awaits just below the surface.  REGISTER NOW at https://caveslive.org/register to learn about specially adapted animals, beautiful mirror pools, sparkling crystals, domed caverns, and twisting tunnels lie just below our feet in many areas around the world and even on other planets! Caves provide just one connection between our everyday lives and this rich underground ecosystem.

Declines and Slow Recovery in Little Brown Bat Populations Predicted: Highlights Severity of White-Nose Syndrome and Critical Research Needs

September 28, 2015

Contact Information: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey Office of Communications and Publishing,12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119 Reston, VA 20192, Marisa Lubeck Phone: 303-202-4765, Gail Moede Rogall Phone: 608-270-2438

Populations of bats diminished by white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease of hibernating bats, are unlikely to return to healthy levels in the near future, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act Also Issues Interim Special Rule that Tailors Protections to Eliminate Unnecessary Restrictions and Provide Regulatory Flexibility for Landowners
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), primarily due to the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations.

Project Edubat receives Wings Across the Americas Awards

Project EduBat, a new educational program, won a Wings Across the Americas award for bat conservation at the North American Fish and Wildlife Conference in Omaha, Nebraska on March 11, 2015.

Led by Cindy Sandeno of the USDA Forest Service, and supported by Carol Zokaites, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Gail Moede Rogall, U.S. Geological Survey, Project EduBat addresses the urgent need to educate the public about the ecological and economic importance of bats, as well as the threat that white-nose syndrome poses.

Project Edubat Inspires Kids to Learn about Bats, White-Nose Syndrome

Contact: Catherine Hibbard: 413-531-4276, Cindy Sandeno: 414-297-1254

“Bats ROCK!” said third-grader Samantha Colaw. Samantha, daughter of schoolteacher Julie Colaw, became a bat crusader after her mother discovered Project Edubat, a newly launched educational program about these often-misunderstood flying mammals funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

How Does White-Nose Syndrome Kill Bats? New Science Helps Explain Hibernation Disease

For the first time, scientists have developed a detailed explanation of how white-nose syndrome (WNS) is killing millions of bats in North America, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin. The scientists created a model for how the disease progresses from initial infection to death in bats during hibernation.

Three bat species listed as endangered under Canada's Species at Risk Act due to white-nose syndrome

December 17, 2014 The Government of Canada has added three species of bats to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk in Canada (also known as Schedule I of the Species at Risk Act). These three bats species - the Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus), the Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) and the Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus) - have been listed as Endangered, as their survival is imminently threatened by the deadly and highly contagious disease white-nose syndrome.

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.

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)

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.

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.

La Batalla por los Murcielagos: Sobrevivir al Sindrome de la Nariz Blanca (Spanish version of the Battle for Bats video) now available!

Ravenswood Media produjo “La Batalla por los Murcielagos" para el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de los Estados Unidos y el Servicio Forestal de los Estados Unidos. La traducción al español fue hecha posible a través de la ayuda del International de la Conservación del Murcielagos.

White-nose syndrome films to be shown March 27th at D.C. film festival!

The Race to Save Pennsylvania's Bats, an Emmy-award documentary produced by public television station WQED, and The Battle for Bats:Surviving White-Nose Syndrome, produced in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Ravenswood Media, Inc. and the National WNS Communications and Outreach Working Group will be shown in Washington, D.C. March 27th at 7:00 p.m. See flyer for more information.

Updated Battle for Bats Video available!

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome is an updated, 2013 version of the original, 2011 Battle for Bats video. This 14-minute film shows what government agencies are doing about white-nose syndrome and how you can help. Produced in partnership by the USDA Forest Service and National White-nose Syndrome Communications Working Group, the video may be embedded on your website.

Battle for Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome English and Spanish versions(video)

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome, is an updated (2013) version of the original Battle for Bats video. This 14-minute film shows what government agencies are doing about white-nose syndrome and how you can help. It was produced by Ravenswood Media in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and National White-nose Syndrome Communications Working Group.

La Batalla por los Murcielagos: Sobrevivir al Sindrome de la Nariz Blanca is the Spanish translation of the Battle for Bats:Surviving White-Nose Syndrome.

Feel free to embed these videos on your website.

Project Underground

The vision of Project Underground, Inc. is “People will make wise, informed, choices as they manage cave, karst and groundwater resources to protect the underground ecosystems for the health of current and future generations.” To accomplish this vision Project Underground has a mission to “build the necessary awareness and responsible attitudes towards cave, karst and groundwater resources and their management needs among the general public through educational and interpretive programs.

NBII - Bats and White-Nose Syndrome Resources

Bats are members of the taxonomic order Chiroptera. Order Chiroptera is further subdivided into smaller taxonomic groups called families. In the Southeast, two families are represented: Vespertilionid bats of the family Vespertilionidae and Free-tailed bats of the family Molossidae.

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a new wildlife disease devastating hibernating bat populations in the Northeastern U.S. Since March 2008, thousands of dead and dying bats at over 25 caves and mines in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut have been discovered. Scientists hope to stop the spread of WNS to Canada and the U.S. Midwest and Southeast.

2009 FWS Cave Advisory

The evidence collected to date indicates that human activity in caves and mines may be assisting the spread of WNS. The primary agent of concern is a fungus that is new to science and may possibly be an invasive species. This fungus grows best in the cold and wet conditions common to caves and abandoned mines and likely can be transported inadvertently from site-to-site on boots and gear of cave visitors. Therefore, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is recommending actions to reduce the risks of further spread of WNS. We hope that slowing the spread of WNS will buy time that is critical to confirming the cause and potentially implementing management actions to minimize the impacts to native bat populations.