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Director's Corner

Meet Service Director Dan Ashe.

Working Together to Preserve and Protect

Monday and Tuesday I've was back in Hawaii, meeting with refuge and law enforcement staff, and visiting some truly inspirational places.

At Ka'ena Point, on the northwest corner of Oahu, I saw how we have worked with our state partners to build an exclusionary fence and remove dogs, cats, mongoose, rats, and mice from this sensitive area. The response has been rapid. Laysan albatross are nesting, and the Secretary of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources (William Aila) boasted that, "One day this area will look like Midway Atoll, with thousands of nesting albatross."
William Aila Talks about the land at Ka'ena Point Credit: USFWS

Sunshine State Bound

On Wednesday, I arrived in Miami with Secretary Salazar for the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalism.  I got lucky this year; it was the first time the conference has ever been held in a place with a subtropical climate.

When you think Miami (and Everglades country down in southern Florida) you think sunshine, but when we landed it was raining and cool.

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Trouble in the Bat Cave: An L.A. Times Op-Ed

Today, we feature Dan's Los Angeles Times op-ed on a deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome. The disease is killing bats, seriously affecting the economy and the environment.

You can find more information on white-nose syndrome at http://www.fws.gov/whitenosesyndrome. You can get regular updates about white-nose syndrome on Facebook and on Twitter

October 12, 2011

By Dan Ashe

It's October, which means that bats are once again having their annual star turn, popping up on classroom bulletin boards and store windows across America. But this year, actual living bats in North America aren't so abundant. They are being decimated by a deadly health epidemic.

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