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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

 

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.

 

Fact Sheet: Northern Long-Eared Bat

 

Range Map: Northern Long-Eared Bat Range Map

 

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

 

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)

 

Section 7 Conference Guidance: Northern Long-eared Bat Interim Conference Guidance

 

Northern Long-eared Bat Images on Flickr

 

 

The northern long-eared bat is one of the species most impacted by white-nose syndrome. Due to declines caused by white-nose syndrome as well as continued spread of the disease, the Service proposed listing this bat as endangered on October 2, 2013. At that time we opened a 60-day public comment period, which we extended an additional 30 days. Since then, we opened an additional two comment periods and extended the time for making a final listing determination to April 2, 2015. Below you will find the proposed rule, information that we have prepared to explain the rule and subsequent actions, and information about the northern long-eared bat.

 

Proposal to List the Northern Long-eared Bat

January 15, 2015: Proposed 4(d) Rule and Comment Period Re-opened - Comment Period Closed March 18, 2015

 

News Release (Jan. 15, 2015): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Special Rule to Focus Protections for Northern Long-Eared Bat: Rule Would Apply if Species is Listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act

 

Federal Register Proposed Rule: Listing the Northern Long-eared Bat With a Rule Under Section 4(d) of the Act

 

Table of Contents for the Federal Register Proposed Rule: Table of Contents

 

Reference List for Proposed Rule: List of references cited in the proposed rule

 

Proposed 4(d) Rule for the Northern Long-eared Bat: Questions and Answers

 

Range Map with WNS 150-mile Buffer Zone: Northern Long-eared Bat Range Map

 

Downloadable Shapefiles Used to Create Northern Long-eared Bat 4(d) Rule Map

These files contain data represented on the Northern Long-Eared Bat Proposed 4(d) Rule map. Each file has associated metadata to describe the data and appropriate uses of it. Both files are .zip files and will need to be extracted for use in a GIS. Data for counties/districts with WNS/Pd infected hibernacula were provided by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and should be requested directly from the Commission.

 

Northern Long-eared Bat Range Polygon Shapefile (.zip)

 

White-nose Syndrome Buffer Zone within Northern Long-eared Bat Range Polygon Shapefile (.zip file)

 

Contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission for counties/districts with WNS/Pd infected hibernacula:

 

Lindsey Heffernan, Wildlife Biologist
Pennsylvania Game Commission

Email: lheffernan@pa.gov or Phone: (717)787-5529

 

Fact Sheet: Northern Long-eared Bat

 

White-nose Syndrome: 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)

 

Midwest Region: Northern Long-eared Bat Proposal to List

 

November 18, 2014: Comment Period Opened from Nov. 18 to Dec. 18

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

 

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 Map: Northern Long-Eared Bat Range Map

 

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

 

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)

 

Oct. 2, 2013: Northern Long-Eared Bat Proposed as Endangered

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.

 

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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