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Strengthening our Conservation of North American Bats

Conservation leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States sign the historic bat conservation Letter of Intent. Photo by Chris Tollefson/USFWS

 We share hundreds of species with Mexico and Canada, and coordinate conservation activities with these neighboring partners on many of them, including monarch butterflies, migratory birds, and many more. But until now, comprehensive coordination for  one group of animals has fallen noticeably short: bats. For the first time in history, with the signing of a  “Letter of Intent” at this week’s Canada/Mexico/US Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management, we have official coordination on the conservation of North America’s bats.

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California Condor and its 9.5-foot Wingspan Spread to Mexico
Service Grantees Shine in Mexico

North American bats, many of whom migrate across international boundaries, face many threats:

  • Habitat destruction has limited bats’ food gathering and roosting sites throughout their range;
  • Human-related disturbances, including wind turbines, can lead to bat deaths; and
  • Perhaps the best-known bat-killer, for now limited to bats in the United States and Canada, is white-nose syndrome, a deadly invasive fungus. Since its discovery  in New York not even 10 years ago, white-nose syndrome has spread to 26 states and five Canadian provinces and killed millions of bats.
A maternity colony of Ozark big-eared bats in a cave at Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Richard Stark/USFWS

 Certainly, we already do coordinate with our neighbors on many bat conservation issues. We work closely with Canada to respond to white-nose syndrome and with Mexico to conserve endangered Mexican and lesser long-nosed bats. We also invest directly in partner-led bat conservation projects in Mexico through our Mexico Program, including environmental education activities, capacity development, and community-based population monitoring and habitat conservation.

This Letter goes beyond all efforts to date, and tells everyone that the three countries will strengthen cooperation, coordination and information-sharing related to the conservation and management of all (more than 150!) bat species in Canada, the United States and Mexico. 

Bats emerge from Davis Cave in Texas. Photo by Ann Froschauer/USFWS

Bats are hugely important. In addition to pollinating many plants, including some commercially valuable crops, bats also eat a lot of insect pests that disturb crops, forests and us! In the United States alone, bats are estimated to save us at least $3 billion per year in pest control services. 

We -- Canada, Mexico and the United States -- are determined to keep it that way, and commit to doing what it takes to help them survive.

Excellent initiative. Bats without borders. Altogether against WNS.
# Posted By Betty | 4/17/15 10:54 PM

Thank you and please keep working on finding a cure for WNS. Please let those of us who also care about bats know what we can do too. I live in NY. I am concerned about White Nose Syndrome, and I want to help. Please post actions we can take on your blog. I saw a bat tonight in my back yard, and I felt hopeful. Save the bats!
# Posted By | 4/28/15 8:31 PM

Hi, whitenosesyndrome.org, a website for all the partners in the fight against white-nose syndrome, has this helpful page: https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/what-can-you-do-...
# Posted By Fish and Wildlife Service | 4/29/15 8:39 AM

Thank you for your speedy reply. I will read the site you recommended and do my part. Again, thank you!
# Posted By | 4/29/15 10:39 AM

We are a pest control company www.pestcontrolcape.co.za and we're always looking for new ways to improve our environmental footstep. We too have bats in our areas and your article is extremely inspiring to us, never did we realise what a benefit they are especially as far as the environment is concerned. many thanks. Ian van Wyngaard
# Posted By Verminator | 10/19/15 7:33 AM

Why aren't home owners protected from the batbugs that get into their living space don't want to get rid of bats but don't want them in home had to move out of my home because of the bugs so far have spent over $3000 to bat proof my house and get rid of bugs. So what about me and other home owners.if I had had small children would not have stayed here in home I bought in Feb. Hope someone is listening. I don't think any of the bat conservationist would want these bugs in there homes in there beds. I do know that am fighting a losing battle buy am not going to stop even and inclo suiting the realtor and inspectors. But as have found so far no one cares.
# Posted By | 6/18/19 11:54 AM

Hi Ali, I’d heard about North American bats possibly carrying rabies, but have never heard about Histoplasmosis being carried by bats here. The one thing that is for sure is what you eluded to about bats eating insects and helping keeping nature in balance because of it. Good to see a fact filled report on bats for a change that provide both the good and potential bad aspects of the species. https://www.jopestkil.com
# Posted By JOPESTKIL KENYA | 10/2/19 10:15 PM

Yet another sensationalized attack on bats. The latest outrage is this nice article. Bat attacks on humans increasing due to urbanization and deforestation. You unfortunately have been taken advantage of to needlessly frighten people about bats, a practice that is misdirecting public health funds from far more important threats. Even where vampire bats live in Brazil, no one who sleeps in a home with window screens or uses a mosquito net when camping is ever bitten by a vampire bat. The remedy is simple, the problem minuscule, facts that go unmentioned! The bats killed in response to such misleading scare stories are nearly always the more easily found highly beneficial species that protect crops from pests and keep whole ecosystems healthy. Most bats are insectivorous, and they are important to humans primarily for their predation on insects, for pollination, and for seed dispersal. Little is known of the spectrum of insect species consumed, but the sheer quantity is formidable... https://www.jopestkil.com
# Posted By JOPESTKIL KENYA | 10/2/19 10:20 PM

Nice post. Bats have always freaked me out for some strange reason. Education is the key to understanding these often harmless and misunderstood creatures.

# Posted By JOPESTKIL KENYA | 10/7/19 1:05 AM

Good post. People can get bat related diseases and these diseases come in different ways. Bat bites are a common way. Being near bat droppings or getting bat saliva on an open wound or cut are others. This doesn’t mean you should fear or dislike bats. They actually do a lot of good for humans. They prey on insects that can cost farmers billions of dollars, and they help rain forests survive by spreading seeds... https://www.jopestkil.com
# Posted By JOPESTKIL KENYA | 10/7/19 1:08 AM

Good post about bat infestation and preservation measures. Bats really stand out in the animal world. They are the only mammals that can fly, and they live much of their lives hanging upside down. Most species are only active at night, dusk and dawn, spending their days in dark caves. Many bats have developed adaptations that let them find their way (and their prey) in complete darkness. Bats are also well-known for sucking blood, though in actuality, there are only a few specific species that feed this way. https://www.jopestkil.com/
# Posted By JOPESTKIL KENYA | 11/6/19 10:45 PM

Bats, the only mammal capable of flight, are a crucial part of our ecosystem. Living exterminators, these flying critters are responsible for controlling pests like mosquitoes from getting out of hand.
Regardless of how useful they are, these creatures have a bad reputation of being associated with the supernatural, and often have been referred to as “flying rats.” Get this; https://www.jopestkil.com/nairobi-kenya-bats-control-services-removal-extermination-elimination-eradication-exclusion-services-company-nairobi-mombasa-kisumu-kenya/
Unfortunately, while bats are critical for pest control in the ecosystem, they can cause a lot of damage as nuisance wildlife themselves. If you have a bat infestation, here are the top seven things you should know about bats and removal.
Many bats like to roost in high or dark places, which could include many spots in a home. They often find their way underneath eaves and hideaway in attics. They can make homes in chimneys, find open spots in roofs, or slip through small holes.
Often, a loose bat can get stuck in your home, through a crack or hole, causing stress for both you and the bat. While they don’t intentionally wish to cause harm, bats can cause a lot of problems for homeowners.
Bats can cause property damage in many ways. Bat droppings can leave grease stains on siding and often come with a strong, offensive odor.
Their fecal matter can contain a fungus known as histoplasmosis, and their urine can leave a terrible, lingering stench in your home. Bats can swarm outside your home depending on the size of the colony.
Additionally, should bats reside or get trapped inside your home, they can become ill, injured, or die in the nooks and crannies. https://www.jopestkil.com
# Posted By JOPESTKIL KENYA | 11/24/19 10:10 PM
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