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US Fish & Wildlife Service FieldNotes

Service Participates in Sixth Annual White-Nose Syndrome Workshop

Region 3, September 6, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with Bat Conservation International, Arizona Game and Fish, and Idaho Fish and Game, hosted the Sixth Annual White-Nose Syndrome Workshop on September 3 – 6, 2013 in Boise, Idaho.


The goal of the 2013 meeting was to advance white-nose research and management through communication, facilitated discussion, and collaboration by bringing together a cadre of interested state, federal, and non-governmental organizations and stakeholders. The first two days of the workshop provided participants the opportunity to learn about the current white-nose status and response; ecology and genetics of Pseudogymnoascus destructans; and physiology, epidemiology, diagnostics, conservation/recovery, and management of bats and the disease. In an effort to build on these advancements,the next two days were strategically designed to put the new research knowledge and understanding of the fungus and disease into practice by breaking into small working groups to address action items listed within the White-Nose Syndrome National Plan.

As Region 3 white-nose syndrome coordinator, I assisted with the preparation and delivery of presentations and sessions regarding the Midwest State Response, Disease Management Working Group and Region 3 State Planning.

Please visit www.whitenosesyndrome.org for the most to updated information and to view the 2013 WNS Workshop agenda, 2013 WNS Workshop abstracts, and The WNS National Plan.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov