NABat News May 2021
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2021
Indiana Bat Survey Guidelines
In consultation with regional managers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has decided to postpone making any changes to the current Indiana bat survey guidelines for 2021 (i.e., no changes this year). Use of the current IBat guidelines will be acceptable for NLEB surveys again this summer as well. So consultants, project proponents, and partners should keep using the current presence/absence survey guidelines, which are available here (dated March 2020).
The USFWS multi-regional bat survey team has started working on some proposed changes to the next version of the survey guidelines (estimated release date is early 2022).
2021 NABat Photo Contest Winners
Thank you to everyone who submitted a photograph(s) for consideration! We received a lot of great photographs, capturing the charismatic nature of bats and the great work being done by NABat partners. Finalist photos can be viewed on the NABat Flickr page and contest winners from each category are shown below.
Congratulations to the winners!
Bat Species of Interest
First Montana Case of White-nose Syndrome Detected in Fallon County Bat
A myotis bat, found dead in Fallon County in southeastern Montana, has been confirmed positive for white-nose syndrome.
The bat was sent to the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisc., for analysis. It tested positive for Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats. A pathologist also confirmed characteristic WNS lesions in the skin of the bat.
Detected in New Mexico
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is announcing that the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has been detected on hibernating bats and cave walls in two eastern New Mexico caves managed by its Roswell Field Office.
Biden-Harris Administration Approves First Major Offshore Wind Project in U.S. Waters
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo recently announced approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project — the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The Secretaries were joined in the announcement by labor leaders who have been working to ensure that the project is built and maintained by union labor. Plans for monitoring bats are detailed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind 2020: Cumulative Impacts May 21, 2021 @ 12:00 PM EST Webinar Register Here American Wind Wildlife Institute Webinar: Performance of GenEst Statistical Mortality Estimator May 26, 2021 @ 1:00 PM EST Webinar Link to Webinar and Signup American Society of Mammalogy Annual Meeting Jun 14, 2021 Virtual Meeting Link to Virtual Meeting
ACP Project Siting & Environmental Compliance Virtual Summit July 20-22, 2021 Virtual Meeting Abstracts are due May 21, 2021 Link to Meeting and Abstract Submission
The Royal Society Energy-Environment-Society Interactions Scientific Meeting February 18-21, 2021 Virtual Meeting Recordings Available Here Offshore Wind and the Marine Environment - Marine Mammals and Bats April 6, 2021 Virtual Meeting Recording Available Here
Acoustic and genetic approaches for informing population status and trends of migratory tree bats Audible bats provide opportunities for citizen scientists Free-ranging bats alter thermoregulatory behavior in response to reproductive stage, roost type, and weather Historical effective population size of North American hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) and challenges to estimating trends in contemporary effective breeding population size from archived samples Living on the edge: Effects of clear-cut created ecotones on nocturnal macromoth assemblages in the eastern boreal forest, Canada Long-term patterns of cave-exiting activity of hibernating bats in western North America Predicting migration routes for three species of migratory bats using species distribution models Seasonal shifts in nocturnal habitat use by coastal bat species Understanding human attitudes towards bats and the role of information and aesthetics to boost a positive response as a conservation tool Using mounting, orientation, and design to improve bat box thermodynamics in a northern temperate environment
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.
Q: My bulk upload status shows errors. What does that mean?
A: When uploading a bulk metadata CSV to the NABat Partner Portal, rows that contain any error are rejected and listed under the "Errors Found" column of the "Bulk Upload Status" tab. Clicking the blue hyperlink, which indicates the number of errors, will download a report with complete metadata for each row containing an error and two additional columns listing the row number and the type of error.
Users have the option to correct errors in the original metadata CSV and re-upload it to their project (if the filename remains the same, the updated CSV will overwrite the original upload) or make corrections within the error report and upload that CSV to their project.
May 2021 NABat Community of Practice Monthly Meeting
05/11/2021 @ 12 PM MT
Presentation: The scope and severity of white-nose syndrome on hibernating bats in North America – Tina Cheng, Bat Conservation International
Updates from the NABat Program Coordination Team
Q&A from the Community
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In Case You Missed It...
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.
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. 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, including the association as a Collaborating 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.
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