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Northern Long-Eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis)

 

Northern Long-eared Bat Listed as Threatened with Interim 4(d) Rule

Comment Period on Interim 4(d) Rule Closed on July 1

 

Northern long-eared bat showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome.

Photo by Steve Taylor; University of Illinois

 

Status: Threatened: April 2, 2015

 

Habitat: Hibernates in caves and mines - swarming in surrounding wooded areas in autumn. During late spring and summer roosts and forages in upland forests.

 

Lead Region: 3

 

Region 3 Lead Office: Twin Cities Field Office

 

Range: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

 

Summer Survey Guidance - the Indiana bat 2015 Summer Survey Guidance can be used for northern long-eared bat presence/probable absence surveys for the 2015 field season.

 

 

WNS Buffer Zone Map - this map is updated on the first of every month if there are new counties with verified occurrences of white-nose syndrome or Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungus that causes the disease.

 

Fact Sheet

 

The northern long-eared bat is one of the species of bats most impacted by the disease white-nose syndrome. Due to declines caused by white-nose syndrome as well as continued spread of the disease, the northern long-eared bat received protection as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

 

The Service proposed the northern long-eared bat as endangered in October 2013.  During review of the threats, we determined the northern long-eared bat meets the Endangered Species Act’s definition of threatened. Under the Act, a threatened species is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future, while an endangered species is currently in danger of becoming extinct.  

 

The interim 4(d) rule provides flexibility to landowners, land managers, government agencies and others as they conduct activities in northern long-eared bat habitat.  Given the significant number of comments received in response to the 4(d) rule as proposed on January 15, 2015, we also opened a 90-day comment and accepted further input on the interim rule through July 1, 2015.

 

News Release

 

FAQs about Listing

 

FAQs about Interim 4(d) Rule

 

Final Rule (61-page PDFAdobe PDF Icon)

 

Literature Cited in Final Rule (40-page PDFAdobe PDF Icon)

 

Do I Need A Permit? Key to Interim 4(d) Rule

 

WNS Buffer Zone Map (1-page PDFAdobe PDF Icon)

Updated June 30, 2015. The WNS Buffer Zone map is updated on the first of every month if there are new counties with verified occurrences of white-nose syndrome or Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungus that causes the disease.

 

No new Pd/WNS locations were reported in July 2015. The map dated June 30, 2015, is still the most up-to-date map.

 

Counties in WNS Buffer Zone (Excel Spreadsheet)

Updated June 30, 2015. Counties in the WNS Buffer Zone are updated on the first of every month if there are new counties with verified occurrences of white-nose syndrome or Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungus that causes the disease.

 

No new Pd/WNS locations were reported in July 2015.

 

Counties in Northern Long-eared Bat Range (Excel Spreadsheet)

 

About Northern Long-eared Bats

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.

 

Range Map

 

Fact Sheet

 

Species Profile (Petitions, status reviews and conservation documents)

 

Northern Long-eared Bat Images on Flickr

 

 

About Bats

 

Bat Facts Calendar!

 

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

 

White Nose-Syndrome Fact Sheet (June 2014) (2-page PDF )

 

Bat Box Fact Sheet

Minnesota | Indiana | Wisconsin

 

Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture (Science 1 April 11)

 

Section 7 Consultation

Section 7 Technical Assistance Website - explains section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and provides step-by-step instructions for the consultation process.

 

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

 

Archives

Archived Documents and Information Materials from Previous Federal Actions

 

Northern Long-eared Bat Archives

 


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Last updated: August 4, 2015