A new study by USGS and the University of Wisconsin describes the physiological process on how white-nose syndrome (WNS) is killing bats. Their results show a two fold increase in the fat energy use by bats infected with WNS when compared to uninfected bats. The difference between the two groups was apparent even in the early stages of the fungal infection.
The researchers propose a multi-stage disease progression model (shown below) to describe how WNS leads to mortality in hibernating bats. It is important to understand this devastating disease as we strive to find ways to reduce the spread of WNS and bat mortality.
White-nose Syndrom initiates a cascade of physiologic disturbances in the hibernating bat host – Verant et al.
The recently published article by Verant et al. is an Open Access article and can be found here.
PhysOrg also published an excellent summary of their research.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period on the proposal to list the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionals) as endangered throughout its range. The northern long-eared bat is one of the species facing increased declines due to white-nose syndrome (WNS). The public comment period has been reopened until December 18, 2014 and a final decision on the proposal is due April 2, 2015.
Information on this proposal and more details on the northern long-eared bat can be found here. Comments can be submitted electronically or by hard copy. Please see the USFWS news release for submission instructions.
The USFWS is particularly interested in additional information and comments regarding the following:
For more details on this plan, follow this link:
How about a rocket style box? Click below for the plan:
As part of our 8th Annual Indiana Bat Festival, we will have an art contest for school kids (K-12). This year, the folks at the Geography Educators Network of Indiana (http://www.iupui.edu/~geni/) have plans to create bookmarks from the prize winning entries, plus there will be prizes for students and teachers of winning entries. The theme of the art contest is “Bats in the City”. Entries are due by 29 August!!
Bat fest- bookmark contest
Whether you own, manage, or regularly use a swimming pool, we are interested in hearing from you. Do you see bats at your pool? If your answer is yes, please take the survey and tell us more about your observations. If you don’t see bats, we still want you to take the survey so we can learn more about pools bats don’t seem to use.
Thanks to The Weather Channel for posting an excellent video (Do Bats Crave Your Pool?) that highlights our results from the first year of the survey and explains why we need more data. This article from Inside Science (Mom, There’s a Bat in the Pool!) gives an in-depth explanation of why bats use pools and why they might get trapped in pools. Our goal is to obtain 1000 responses this summer. With the data from this survey, we will have a better understanding of where bats use pools and how to manage pools to minimize the chances that a bat will drown when they swoop down to take a drink.
Click on the Hoary Bat below to navigate to the survey page!
Thanks for your help!
With so many conservation issues challenging bat populations around the world, it is critical to train the next generation of bat researchers in the skills and abilities needed to study bats effectively. ISU Bat Center graduate student Vanessa Rojas is training undergraduate Alexis Bender to deploy a passive acoustic detector for bat surveys in northeast Tennessee. Alexis is conducting her own independent research project this summer, gathering acoustic data via driving transects to better understand the distribution of bats in this region. She and several other undergraduate students are getting their first exposure to bats on a Bat Center project this season.
Click on this image for more information about this exciting and challenging position!
The National Park Service is hosting a bat conference on June 21st, 2014 at the Paul H. Douglas Center at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This free all day event will have activities for both kids and adults to learn about bats and bat research in the Midwest. Highlights include a live bat encounter, demonstrations, and a night excursion to listen for bats! For more information and the agenda, follow this link: GLRECBatConferenceAgenda05-11-2014.