April 6, 2012

In the Spotlight - White-Nose Syndrome Resources

White-Nose Syndrome.org
North America's Response to the Devastating Bat Disease

The White-nose Syndrome.org website was developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with its many partners. Whether you recently heard about white-nose syndrome (WNS) and want to learn more, or you are already knowledgeable and just want to stay up to date on the latest WNS developments, you will find this site to be useful.

WNS Map updated March 30, 2012
For the newly curious, this web resource provides a gateway to authoritative resources, such as reports, fact sheets, videos, and other educational materials to help you learn about this emerging disease that is estimated to have killed over 5 million bats since its detection in 2007.

In addition to information about WNS, the site provides information about bats and why they are important and should be protected. Some of this information has been selected and brought together into sections specific to the interests of students and educators, and cavers. Lastly, for those who are familiar with the disease, the site offers current news and regularly updated maps following the spread of the diseae.

Type of Available Information

USGS Public Lecture Series
Bat White-nose Syndrome: There is a New Fungus Among Us

As part of the USGS Public Lecture Series: Science in Action, Dr. David Blehert, a microbiologist from the USGS National Wildlife Health Center discusses the emergent disease, white-nose syndrome, and the profound impacts it may have in the 21st century. The video recording of this lecture is about 45 minutes in length.

Other WNS Resources

National Wildlife Health Center – WNS Web Page
Wildlife Data Integration Network (WDIN)

What Other Essential WNS Resources Should Every Wildlife Professional Know About?

Do you know of an invaluable WNS resource (e.g. manual, website, map or image gallery) that every wildlife professional should be aware of? Send the title and a link (if available) of this indispensable resource to us at digest@wdin.org, and we will share it with your colleagues on the Digest.

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