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Biologists in a cave check bats for white-nose syndrome. Photo by Gary Peeples/USFWS.

Biologists in a cave check bats for white-nose syndrome. Photo by Gary Peeples/USFWS.

Bats for the future

One way the Service is battling for bats is through the Bats for the Future Fund. Working with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting proposals to test or deploy white-nose syndrome treatments and management tools that lead to solutions to combat white-nose syndrome and the fungal pathogen that causes the disease, Pseudogymnoascus destructans.

The Bats for the Future Fund will award up to approximately $1.5 million in grants, with seed funding provided by the Service. Additional important funding is provided by the Forest Service and Southern Company. The grant program will also annually match federal funds with other sources of public and private dollars to fight the disease that is devastating bat populations across the continent.

The Bats for the Future Fund promotes research into field treatments and management tools to minimize bat declines. The program aims to slow or halt the spread of white-nose syndrome in North America and to promote the survival of bats.
Full details about the Bats for the Future Fund along with application instructions are available from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

From whitenosesyndrome.org


Last updated: April 6, 2018