NABat News April 2021
Photo Contest: Cast Your Vote Now!
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.
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/
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.
Also, take a look at these helpful resources created by the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative:
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.
April 2021 NABat Community of Practice Monthly Meeting
04/13/2021 @ 12 PM MT
Presentation: The use of NABat for landscape-level tests of ecological theory and scaling - Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, University of Alberta
Updates from the NABat Program Coordination Team
Uploading Acoustic Files: Common Issues and Troubleshooting - James Cox
Photo Contest: Voting is Now Live - Jaclyn Martin
Q&A from the Community
We want to hear from you! If you would like to present as a Featured NABat Community Member during a CoP Monthly Meeting, send an email to James Cox.
If you would like to be added to the NABat Community of Practice Monthly Call, please send an email to James Cox.
In Case You Missed It...
Bats for the Future Fund
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is now accepting applications to the Bats for the Future Fund, which provides grant funding to slow or halt the spread of white-nose syndrome and promote the survival and recovery of affected bat populations and species. Up to $1 million is available to support innovative and collaborative projects that employ field treatments and tools to fight this deadly disease and the fungus that causes it. More information on this grant opportunity, open through April 29, can be found here. Guidance Document Available: Using NABat QA/QC Tools Last month, we introduced new QA/QC Tools in the NABat Partner Portal focused on helping project members identify and correct potential data issues. Now, a new guidance document detailing use of the tools is available. "Using NABat QA/QC Tools" provides users with a detailed description of the new QA/QC Tools, including visuals and descriptions for each type of tool in the set. Update Your Partner Portal Organization with Logos and Links The NABat Partner Portal features the Partners tab, a section of the website intended to give credit to the many organizations that make up the NABat Program. On this section of the website, Partner Cards are displayed to provide additional information about data-contributing organizations, including logos and a links to organization websites! We encourage organizations with existing Partner Cards to consider updating their organization info to include website links and organization logos. The following information can be entered or updated:
Address, City, State/Province, Postal/Zip Code
Organization Leader (organization leaders have access to any projects associated with their organization)
Organization Homepage (URL)
Organization Logo (.png files preferred)
Log in to your Partner Portal project and view the 'Details' tab to see organization info for your project. To update or create your organization's Partner Card, or for more info, please email James Cox. Data Sharing Options with NABat Recognizing that partners have different data sensitivities, the NABat Program provides multiple options for sharing data: Within the Partner Portal project Project leaders may add specific individuals they wish to provide access to their data and designate permissions from view only to full edit access. Project leaders may add specific collaborating organizations. This provides access to select members from the collaborating organization who have been identified as the organization leads (or primary points of contact for the organization). Third party data requests When someone submits a request, they are asked to write a brief description of the purpose and extent of data usage so it is clear to data contributors what they are consenting to. Data contributors will then receive an email notification prompting them to approve or deny access to their data. If the data contributor clicks 'approve,' the third-party requester will be given access to a data package (rather than direct access to projects) that they can download at their convenience. The data package delivered to the requester contains:
A CSV file of data from projects where access was approved (for acoustic data, this will be nightly summaries)
A meta-data file that defines each column in the CSV
And a read me file with a recommended citation and additional details
A record of all requests is available on the 'NABat Data Requests' tab on the Partner Portal, allowing others to backtrack the parameters of a request and potentially replicate it by submitting a request of their own.
Public data sharing
Check the elections you have made for your project on the 'Data Use & Sharing' tab to make sure your elections correspond to how you wish to share your data. These elections can be updated any time.
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