NABat News: March 2022
Updated: Apr 8
New Results: NABat Status & Trends Summer Occupancy Analysis Now Available
NABat's much-anticipated Status & Trends modeling results are now viewable on the Partner Portal! Explore the new findings through the various links located on the results page, including: an interactive map, the official USGS data release. A detailed report is forthcoming.
Cleaning Up: Cells Selected for Survey
With summer swiftly approaching, many NABat field monitoring plans are beginning to take shape. NABat promotes the use of the cell selection tool to designate which cells you plan to survey and reduce redundancy in monitoring efforts. We are encouraging all NABat users to revisit their projects in the Partner Portal to ensure their cell selections are up-to-date. Users should claim all cells they intend to monitor, and release any claimed cells where monitoring has ceased. Users can review the workflow with the cell selection instructions on our Resources page. Require further guidance? Don't hesitate to reach out to our Technical Outreach team for support!
Virtual Public Hearing on Reclassifying the Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a proposal to reclassify the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Based on a thorough review of the species’ status, the USFWS found the species, currently listed as threatened, is now facing extinction due to the range-wide impacts of white-nose syndrome. A virtual public hearing is being held on April 7th at 7:30pm-8:30pm Central Time; an informational meeting precedes the hearing at 6:00-7:30pm Central Time. Comments on the proposal may be submitted through May 23, 2022, online at www.regulations.gov (Docket FWS–R3–ES–2021–0140) or by hard copy to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R3–ES–2021–0140, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/3W, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.
USFWS Updates Range-wide Survey Guidelines for Indiana Bat, Northern Long-eared Bat
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has updated their survey guidelines for Indiana and northern long-eared bats to accommodate population-wide changes by WNS.
Call for Applicants: NASBR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
The North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) offers a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award with the goal of supporting students of color, to promote diverse participation in NASBR and bat research, and, more generally, to bolster continued involvement of minority groups in STEM education a