Home
Field Notes
 
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Field Notes Entry   
Federal Agencies Collaborate in White-nose Syndrome Monitoring Effort
Midwest Region, October 3, 2011
Print Friendly Version
Forest Service biologists set a harp trap
Forest Service biologists set a harp trap - Photo Credit: Shauna Marquardt
Southeastern myotis (Myotis austroriparius) captured during sampling effort
Southeastern myotis (Myotis austroriparius) captured during sampling effort - Photo Credit: Megan York-Harris
Forest Service biologists collect and record information on captured bats
Forest Service biologists collect and record information on captured bats - Photo Credit: Megan York-Harris

Biologists with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Missouri and Illinois took part in white-nose syndrome  monitoring on the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. A Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the Missouri Ecological Services Field Office assisted with the monitoring effort for two nights in October. The annual sampling effort entails capturing bats that are roosting in and swarming near caves and mines and examining them for presence of fungus and symptoms of WNS. A number of biologists assist to make the monitoring effort efficient and minimally invasive for the bats. Collaborating biologists have experience capturing and identifying bats, using disinfection protocols, and recognizing fungal infections that could be associated with WNS. More than 100 bats of five species were captured and examined. Few bats exhibited signs of fungal infections. Those that did were sampled to confirm the presence of fungus and identify the species of fungus, if present.


Contact Info: Shauna Marquardt, 573-234-2132 x174, shauna_marquardt@fws.gov



Send to:
From:

Notes:
Find a Field Notes Entry

Search by keyword

Search by State




Search by Region


US Fish and Wildlife Service footer