White Nose Syndrome Page
A Project of the
Biological Response Committee
National Speleological Society
The NSS Needs You!
The NSS is looking for cavers to join the Biological Response Committee. We are also looking for someone to chair the committee. This committee coordi-nates the NSS's response to biological threats to caves and karst. If you can help communicate, want to support research, share your love for bats, collaborate with agencies, and want to protect caves and caving, contact biologicalresponse@caves
The revised cave advisory was published on March 28, 2016. It no longer recom-mends blanket closures, but rather con-centrates on the following four objectives:
We are expecting updated decontamination protocols in the future, the latest can be found at the USFWS White-Nose Syndrome webpage.
Observations of suspicious live or dead bats (multiple individuals at a single location) should be reported to local USFWS Field Office or State agency wildlife office. Do not handle bats unless you know what you are doing. The bat submission protocol is available online.
WNS is currently in 31 states and the fungus has been found in two more. The fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has also been found in Europe and China. Several species of bat seem resistant to the disease, but some species are seeing mortality of up to 98%. Due to impacts from this disease, the Northern long-eared bat is now protected as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Under the final rule documented hiber-nacula for the species are protected year-round, with "incidental take", including unintentional harm or harass-ment of bats, prohibited within a quarter mile radius of documented hibernacula (sometimes available at the state's Natural Heritage Inventory database.
The White Nose Syndrome Rapid Response Fund is still an important funding source for researchers as much federal funding is limited to federal or state agencies. So far, the NSS has provided over $115,000 of funding for 22 research grants. Due to some limits on federal grants, there are still places where our funds can fill in gaps.
Please join our email list where we send out WNS information among cavers, you can sign up at http://lists.caves.org/mailman/listinfo/wns.
| WNS Webinar Presentation by Peter Youngbaer, NSS WNS Liaison - USGS, San Francisco (9/28/2010)
NSS WNS Information Brochure - Please print and distribute to youth groups, landowners, show cave owners, cavers and others who should know about WNS. (Updated version as of 5/7/14)
The NSS and White-nose Syndrome - A brief paper describing the NSS, its history and expertise in cave conservation, and its leadership and
involvement with WNS.
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