Conservation Science
Northeast Region

Science Seminar Series

June 2014


1. Date: Wednesday, June 4, noon-1p.m., USFWS Regional Office Large Auditorium This seminar will be broadcast on the internet. You will be able to view the presentation by clicking this link or for closed captioning, please use this link: View the archived video presentation here.


Title: White-nose Syndrome: Status of the Devastating Disease of Hibernating Bats and the Collaborative Response.

Paul Phifer, Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services
Jeremy Coleman, National White-nose Syndrome Coordinator
Jonathan Reichard, National White-nose Syndrome Assistant Coordinator
Christina Kocer, White-nose Syndrome Northeast Region Coordinator
Catherine Hibbard, National White-nose Syndrome Communications Coordinator

Abstract: In this seminar, we will present an overview of the status of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that affects multiple species of hibernating bats, and how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is leading the national response to it.

Topics include origin of the pathogen and how it is spread, where it occurs, how it affects bats, which bat species are affected and what USFWS and partners are doing to minimize its impact across North America. We will discuss monitoring to assess bat populations and research to develop ways to prevent and control white-nose syndrome. We will address questions such as “Are some bat populations stabilizing in wake of the disease?” and “Why should we care about white-nose syndrome?”

We will also talk about organization of the interagency response to white-nose syndrome under the framework of a national plan. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a leader in this effort and through FY2013 has dedicated more than $22 million to it, including $14 million in research and state grants. Because white-nose syndrome was first discovered in the Northeast, the Service’s national response team is based in the Northeast Regional Office.

For more information on white-nose syndrome:

Videos: The Battle for Bats and The Race to Save Pennsylvania's Bats

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