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NABat News April 2021

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  1. Photo Contest: Vote Now

  2. 2021 WNS Grant

  3. Multistate Conservation Grant Program

  4. Transportation and Bats Funding Opportunity

  5. PacWest and Midwest Bat Hub Websites Live

  6. Upcoming Events

  7. Publications

  8. Resources

  9. FAQs

  10. CoP

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Photo Contest: Cast Your Vote Now!

Voting is now open for the 2021 Photo Contest! Please click here to cast your vote for your favorite bat and field work photo.

Voting is open through the end of day on 4/23/21.

2021 White-nose Syndrome Grants to States and Tribes Now Available

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the availability of financial assistance to wildlife and natural resource management agencies of states, the District of Columbia, and federally-recognized Native American Tribes for efforts related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease of bats. State Agencies and Tribal natural resource or environmental management programs are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. The most competitive proposals will present actionable plans to manage WNS and bat species that are affected or potentially vulnerable to the disease.

Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Multistate Conservation Grant Program Funding Opportunity

The Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP) funds projects that address regional or national level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies. It was established in 2000 by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act, which amended the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) cooperatively administer the Multistate Conservation Grant Program. The Association solicits grant proposals and makes its “priority list” recommendations to the USFWS, who can only fund projects from the Association’s list and manages and monitors grant awards. Each year, up to $6,000,000 is available to fund MSCGP projects.

In addition to the regular annually available funds of $6,000,000, the President signed the modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act (Modernizing PR Act) (Public Law (Pub. L.) 116-94) into law on December 20, 2019 as part of the larger Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. This law amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (WR Act, 16 U.S.C. 669) to, among other measures, create a new “Modern Multistate Conservation Grant Program (M-MSCGP or as we refer to it R3 MSCGP).” This will include up to an additional $5 million annually beginning with 2020 for Wildlife Restoration eligible grants as defined by the legislation.

Funding Opportunity Supporting Exclusion of Bats from Transportation Structures

The objective of the research is to develop a handbook for state DOT environmental staff and design and maintenance engineers on how to select and implement methods to temporarily deter and/or exclude bats from transportation structures ahead of and during construction and maintenance activities. The handbook will describe methods that are (1) sensitive to the biological needs of bats and (2) effective for a range of geographical locations, project types, and site conditions. The research will include field evaluations of a variety of methods, with a focus on non-lethal ultrasonic acoustic devices used alone and in combination with other methods.

The NCHRP is seeking the insights of proposers on how best to achieve the research objective. Proposers are expected to describe research plans that can realistically be accomplished within the constraints of available funds and contract time. Proposals must present the proposers' current thinking in sufficient detail to demonstrate their understanding of the issues and the soundness of their approach to meeting the research objective.

For more information, including how to submit a proposal, see here.

PacWest Bat Hub and Midwest Bat Hub Websites Now Live

The PacWest Bat Hub website is now live and can be found at pacwestbats.org! You can learn more about the Hub, its services, and how to get in touch with the Hub Coordinator (Nat Goodby) on the website. If you are currently participating in NABat in California or Nevada, or are interested in getting involved, you are encouraged to visit the website to find ways to communicate and collaborate with the Hub. Please also note that you can sign up to receive future communications from the Hub on the contact page of the website, which you can find here.

The Midwest Bat Hub website also officially launched recently. The hub website features access to NABat resources, information about the hub and research in the area, a login to the Hub Portal for secure information exchanges among hub partners, as well as a map to show potential partners where priority cells are located within the 8 state hub territory. If you are currently participating in or are interested in getting involved with bat research in the region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin), you are encouraged to visit the website or contact Louis Hunninck, Hub Coordinator, for more information.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Bat Flight from Bracken Cave Preserve Apr 17, 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT https://www.facebook.com/BatCon In celebration of Bat Appreciation Day, BCI will host a virtual bat flight from Bracken Cave Preserve. Viewers will be able to learn more about the cave and the bats at Bracken, while submitting questions live. This event will last approximately 30 minutes. Building Bat Friendly Communities Apr 17, 7:00 PM UTC-06 https://www.facebook.com/events/2873197612998318 Calgary Wildlife and The Alberta Community Bat Program have partnered to offer a unique informative and interactive evening on bat education. Bats play an important role in our ecosystem, join us on April 17, International Bat Appreciation Day, and learn about building bat friendly communities. Western Bat Working Group Meeting Apr 27, 9:00 AM MDT – Apr 28, 3:00 PM MDT 9AM - 3 PM MT, both days Zoom meeting http://wbwg.org/2021-wbwg-virtual-meeting/ American Society of Mammalogy Annual Meeting Jun 14, 12:00 AM MDT Virtual Meeting https://mammalmeetings.org/

Stay Up to Date with All Events Here!

Recent Publications

Risks posed by SARS‐CoV‐2 to North American bats during winter fieldwork Avoiding a conservation pitfall: Considering the risks of unsuitably hot bat boxes

Bat swarming behavior among sites and its potential for spreading white-nose syndrome Bats and wetlands: synthesising gaps in current knowledge and future opportunities for conservation Behavioral patterns of bats at a wind turbine confirm seasonality of fatality risk Big bats binge bad bugs: Variation in crop pest consumption by common bat species Foraging habitat drives the distribution of an endangered bat in an urbanizing boreal landscape Insectivorous bat occupancy is mediated by drought and agricultural land use in a highly modified ecoregion Interspecific variation in heat tolerance and evaporative cooling capacity among sympatric temperate-latitude bats Landscape Genetic Connectivity and Evidence for Recombination in the North American Limitations of acoustic monitoring at wind turbines to evaluate fatality risk of bats Proceedings from the State of the Science and Technology for Minimizing Impacts to Bats from Wind Energy Relative energy production determines effect of repowering on wildlife mortality at wind energy facilities Turning to the dark side: LED light at night alters the activity and species composition of a foraging bat assemblage in the northeastern United States

Check out our resources page for guidance documents, how-to videos, and more. Users who have questions or need assistance are encouraged to reach out to our Technical Monitoring team for consultation: Dane Smith, James Cox, and Jaclyn Martin.

Check out all NABat Resources here!

Also, take a look at these helpful resources created by the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative:

Acoustic Guide for Bat Monitoring in Atlantic Canada

Instructional YouTube Videos

Link to Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative Resources


Q: Why do I see the same project(s) listed twice in my 'projects' tab in the Partner Portal?

A: The 'projects' tab of the Partner Portal website lists all projects associated with your username. In cases where your username has multiple roles within the same project, that project will be listed once for each role in the 'projects' tab.

For example, if you are the project member of project X AND the organization leader of project X's affiliated organization, you would see project X listed twice in your 'projects' tab, once for each user role in that project.

Check out all of the FAQ's here!

April 2021 NABat Community of Practice Monthly Meeting