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Media Advisory
August 13, 2014

Contact: Georgia Parham 812-334-4261 x 1203
Georgia_Parham@fws.gov

Public Advisory

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Online Information Sessions On Proposal to List Northern Long-eared Bat as Endangered

Northern Long-eared Bat by Steven Thomas/National Park Service.
Northern Long-eared Bat by Steven Thomas/National Park Service.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold three public information webcasts in August to provide information and answer questions about our proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  Webcasts will be Tuesday, August 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern; Wednesday, August 20, at 4 p.m. Eastern; and Thursday, August 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern.

People can join the 1-hour information sessions by calling a toll-free number and joining a web conference to view a presentation and participate in a facilitated question-and-answer session.

To participate:

The Service is holding these sessions to provide information about the northern long-eared bat, its biology, status and our proposal to list the species.  We would also like for interested participants to be able to engage directly with Service experts, so the majority of the hour will be devoted to the facilitated question-and-answer session. While official comments cannot be submitted through the sessions, people can submit comments online or by mail through August 29, 2014. Learn more at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/734.html.

In October 2013, the Service proposed to list the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species, citing sharp declines in the species’ population due to white-nose syndrome.  White-nose syndrome has killed millions of cave-dwelling bats in the Northeast and is spreading west and south.  The disease is confirmed or suspected in 25 states and several Canadian provinces.

For more information on the northern long-eared bat and the Service’s proposal, visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/

Inquiries about local or regional issues may be directed to:

Midwest (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI)

Georgia Parham
812-334-4261 x 1203
Georgia_Parham@fws.gov

Northeast (CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV, and District of  Columbia)

Meagan Racey
413-253-8558
Meagan_Racey@fws.gov
                                                     
Southeast (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN)

Jennifer Strickland
404-679-7299
Jennifer_Strickland@fws.gov

Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)

Lesli Gray
972-569-8588
Lesli_Gray@fws.gov

Mountain-Prairie (CO, KS, MT, NE, ND, SD, UT, WY)

Leith Edgar
303-236-4588
Leith_Edgar@fws.gov

White-nose Syndrome

Catherine Hibbard
413-253-8569
Catherine_Hibbard@fws.gov

 

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Last updated: August 13, 2014