NABat News June 2021
NABat Status and Trends for Summer Populations in Progress
The North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) has begun analyzing status and trends for North American bat species. For the current effort, we are leveraging summer data currently in the NABat database focusing on 14 candidate species. Brad Udell, USGS Analyst at the NABat Coordinating Office, has been working closely with a Science Advisory Committee to gather input on important model parameters. Progress from Brad’s work was featured during the WNS workshop earlier this month. While this effort is underway, we wanted to let you know what we are working on and what you can expect to see come out of it. WNS workshop registrants can now access presentation recordings in Whova.
Data permitting, we will be producing range-wide occupancy maps, as well as indices of abundance and trends in a variety of formats and acknowledging partners in this work at every opportunity. We will not be sharing partner data, however. Anyone interested in performing similar analyses are invited to submit a data request via the Partner Portal. Join us for the next Community of Practice call to learn more and ask questions. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brian Reichert or Bethany Straw.
Thank you so much for your contribution to the continental effort to collaboratively monitor and inform the conservation of North American bat populations.
USFWS WNS Research for Conservation Grant Receiving Proposals through 7/21
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is receiving proposals for the White-nose Syndrome Research for Conservation Grants. This opportunity is open through July 21, with a soft early deadline of July 1 that may allow for an earlier start date for selected proposals. Funding in 2021 will support projects that address the following objectives:
Support research to produce critical knowledge relevant to management decisions and actions for hibernating bats.
Leverage resources (expertise, funds, partnerships, etc.) to implement adaptive management efforts aimed at building resiliency and promoting recovery in hibernating bat populations.
Additional information on funding priorities for this program are available in the full announcement on www.grants.gov.
Shiny App Supporting Scope and Severity of WNS on Hibernating Bats in North America Now Available
An R Shiny app is now available to allow users to explore and interact with results from
The scope and severity of white‐nose syndrome on hibernating bats in North America. In the app, users can browse the tabs to interactively explore figures from the paper.
In the paper, the authors use counts of North American hibernating bat colonies from five species (northern long-eared bat, little brown bat, tri-colored bat, Indiana bat, and big brown bat) to assess impacts from the emerging infectious disease, white-nose syndrome (WNS). Check out the WNS Impacts R Shiny App here.
NABat R Data Connection Package Now Available
The North American Bat Monitoring Program: R Data Connection Package can be used to extract and upload data to the NABat Monitoring Program through the GraphQL API (learn more about GraphQL here). This software is written as a wrapper around the NABat GraphQL API. Documentation for the database and API can be found at https://sciencebase.usgs.gov/. This code includes the ability to reformat NABat data, upload NABat data, create reports, find GRTS cells, and more (see vignettes in package). This code does not support modeling and analysis of data.
Vignettes and examples can be used to better understand/utilize the functionality of the code. Users may access data or connect to projects that they have permissions to in the NABat Partner Portal. Because permissions are defined by NABat Partner Portal user accounts, users must have a Partner Portal account to interact with the NABat API. Accounts can be created via the Partner Portal.
Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative Bat Monitoring Document Now Available in French
The French version of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) bat monitoring document is now publicly available here. Alternatively, you can go to the CWHC website, scroll down to the Population Monitoring section, and click the " FRANÇAIS" link.
Biden-Harris Administration Advances Offshore Wind in the Pacific
Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland; National Climate Advisor, Gina McCarthy; under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Dr. Colin Kahl; and California Governor, Gavin Newsom recently announced an agreement to advance areas for offshore wind off the northern and central coasts of California. This significant milestone is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to create thousands of jobs through the deployment of 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030. These initial areas for offshore wind development could bring up to 4.6 GW of clean energy to the grid, enough to power 1.6 million homes. The Department of the Interior, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and the State of California, has identified an area that will support 3 gigawatts of offshore wind on roughly 399 square miles off of California's central coast region, northwest of Morro Bay. Read the full article here.
Two Bat Species to Receive Protection Under Endangered Species Act in Canada
The Provincial Government is taking action to protect at-risk bat populations by designating and listing two species – the little brown bat and the northern long-eared bat – as endangered under the provincial Endangered Species Act.
This designation is in response to the presence of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the province since 2017. WNS is a deadly, non-native bat fungal disease that causes mortality in hibernating bat species. Currently there are no large-scale prevention methods or cures for WNS, which has decimated hibernating bats throughout the eastern Canadian provinces and eastern United States. Read the full article here.
WNS Detected in Wyoming
Wildlife researchers have confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats at Devils Tower National Monument. While this is the first confirmation of WNS in Wyoming, the fungus that causes WNS, Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), was potentially detected in southeast Wyoming as early as 2018.
Biologists from the University of Wyoming discovered evidence of WNS during surveys completed in early May 2021, when they captured and sampled bats to test for the fungus. The work was in collaboration with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as part of an ongoing regional surveillance project funded by the National Park Service. Read the full article here.
June 23, 2021 from 12-2 PM EST
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