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Northern Long-Eared Bat

Myotis septentrionalis

 

This northern long-eared bat, observed in Illinois, shows symptoms of white-nose syndrome.

This northern long-eared bat, observed in Illinois, shows symptoms of white-nose syndrome.

Photo by Steve Taylor; University of Illinois

 

The northern long-eared bat is one of the species most impacted by white-nose syndrome. Due to declines caused by WNS as well as continued spread of the disease, the Service proposed listing this bat as endangered.

 

The northern long-eared bat is found in the United States from Maine to North Carolina on the Atlantic Coast, westward to eastern Oklahoma and north through the Dakotas, even reaching into eastern Montana and Wyoming. In Canada it is found from the Atlantic Coast westward to the southern Yukon Territory and eastern British Columbia.

 

Fact Sheet - Northern Long-Eared Bat

 

Article: First Bat Proposed as Endangered Due to White-nose Syndrome

 

Interim Conference Guidance

Northern Long-eared Bat Interim Conference and Planning Guidance (Jan. 6, 2014) 67-page PDF; 1.2MB

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed the Interim Conference Guidance in response to questions we received from a variety of partners, particularly federal agencies, which have specific responsibilities under Section 7 of the ESA. The guidance provides a consistent source and assessment of the scientific information available for the northern long-eared bat and does not impose or require restrictions on projects.   The guidance provides advice and a suite of voluntary conservation options that project planners may consider.  It was intended to be used primarily by federal agencies during the time that this bat is proposed for listing, although the guidance also provides voluntary suggestions for non-federal entities.   The conservation measures identified in the guidance will not become blanket requirements if the northern long-eared bat is listed as endangered. Instead, the conservation measures we presented provide a list of possible conservation options that may be used, depending on site specific conditions, to minimize impacts to the bat and its habitat.  

 

On January 21, 2010, the Service received a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity requesting that the northern long-eared bat and eastern small-footed bat be listed as threatened or endangered. We determined that listing the eastern small-footed bat was not warranted but listing the northern long-eared bat was warranted. Therefore on October 2, 2013, we published a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered throughout its range under the Endangered Species Act.

 

November 18, 2014: Comment Period Re-Opened

 

News Release (Nov. 18 2014): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period On Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered

 

Questions and Answers: Re-opening Comment Period on the Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered

 

Federal Register (Nov. 17, 2014): Re-opening Comment Period on Proposed Endangered Status for the Northern Long-Eared Bat (2-Page PDF) This is the public inspection version of the Federal Register Notice. The published version will be posted Nov. 18.

 

Information Received from States

Letter from Midwest and Southeast Association of Fish and Wildife Agencies and Regional Forester Groups (18-page PDF)

 

Letter from Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (3-page PDF)

 

Webcast Northern Long-eared Bat Public Information Session We held three public information webcasts in August 2014 to provide information and answer questions about our proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

 

Range Maps: Northern Long-Eared Bat Range Maps

 

White Nose-Syndrome Fact Sheet (June 2014): The devastating disease of hibernating bats in North America (2-page PDF)

 

About Northern Long-eared Bat

 

Fact Sheet: Northern Long-Eared Bat

 

Range Maps: Northern Long-Eared Bat Range Maps

 

White-nose Syndrome. org: A Coordinated Response to the Devastating Bat Disease

 

White Nose-Syndrome Fact Sheet (June 2014): The devastating disease of hibernating bats in North America (2-page PDF)

 

Bat Box Fact Sheet

Minnesota | Indiana | Wisconsin

 

Technical Journal Article: Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture (Science 1 April 11)

 

June 30, 2014: Six-month Extension and Comment Period Re-opens

A notice for a six-month extension for the final listing determination on the northern long-eared bat published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2014.  We also reopened the comment period on the proposal to list the bat as endangered; the 60-day comment period ended on August 29, 2014.  A final decision on listing the northern long-eared bat will be made no later than April 2, 2015.

 

News Release (June 30, 2014): Service Reopens Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as an Endangered Species


Questions and Answers: Six-Month Extension of Final Determination and Re-opening Comment Period on the Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered

 

Federal Register (June 30, 2014): 6-Month Extension of Final Determination on the Proposed Endangered Status for the Northern Long-Eared Bat (2-Page PDF)

 

Northern Long-Eared Bat Proposed as Endangered

News Release (Nov. 26, 2013): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Comment Period on Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered

 

Federal Register Proposed Rule (October 2, 2013): 12-Month Finding on a Petition to List the Eastern Small-Footed Bat and the Northern Long-Eared Bat as Endangered or Threatened Species; Listing the Northern Long-Eared Bat as an Endangered Species (36-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon)

 

Literature Cited: Literature Cited in Proposed Rule to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered (22-page PDF)

 

News Release (Oct. 17, 2013): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Endangered Status for the Northern Long-eared Bat; Listing Not Warranted for Eastern Small-footed Bat

 

Questions and Answers: Proposed Listing of Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered and Listing Not Warranted Finding for the Eastern Small-footed Bat

 

Fact Sheet: Northern Long-Eared Bat

 

Section 7 Consultation

Interim Conference Guidance

Northern Long-eared Bat Interim Conference and Planning Guidance (Jan. 6, 2014) 67-page PDF; 1.2MB - -

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed the Interim Conference Guidance in response to questions we received from a variety of partners, particularly federal agencies, which have specific responsibilities under Section 7 of the ESA. The guidance provides a consistent source and assessment of the scientific information available for the northern long-eared bat and does not impose or require restrictions on projects. The guidance provides advice and a suite of voluntary conservation options that project planners may consider. It was intended to be used primarily by federal agencies during the time that this bat is proposed for listing, although the guidance also provides voluntary suggestions for non-federal entities. The conservation measures identified in the guidance will not become blanket requirements if the northern long-eared bat is listed as endangered.  Instead, the conservation measures we presented provide a list of possible conservation options that may be used, depending on site specific conditions, to minimize impacts to the bat and its habitat.  

 

Section 7 Consultation with Federal Highway Administration

Section 7 Consultation with Federal Highway Administration: Indiana Bat and Northern Long-eared Bat

 


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Last updated: November 17, 2014