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  • A man in a hard hat builidng a wooden barrier inside a cave.
    Information icon Jim Honaker, a contractor, fashions a cave barrier. Photo by Kristen Bobo.

    Ozark Big-Eared Bats Receive a Little Love and a Lot of Protection

    August 11, 2021 | 2 minute read

    On a cool, rainy day in late April, a small group gathered in a remote parking lot near Lee Creek Reservoir in Van Buren, Arkansas. They were waiting for a semi-trailer truck to arrive with nearly seven tons of steel destined for a series of bat caves on private lands in northwest Arkansas. The team consisted of staff from the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas; the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; the U.  Learn more...

  • A man in a hard hat builidng a wooden barrier inside a cave.
    Information icon Jim Honaker, a contractor, fashions a cave barrier. Photo by Kristen Bobo.

    Ozark Big-Eared Bats Receive a Little Love and a Lot of Protection

    August 11, 2021 | 2 minute read

    On a cool, rainy day in late April, a small group gathered in a remote parking lot near Lee Creek Reservoir in Van Buren, Arkansas. They were waiting for a semi-trailer truck to arrive with nearly seven tons of steel destined for a series of bat caves on private lands in northwest Arkansas. The team consisted of staff from the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas; the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; the U.  Learn more...

  • Female biologist standing in cave, in protective white suit with headlamp, holding a small gray bat.
    Information icon Biologist attached a radio telemetry transmitter to a gray bat, Credit G. Peeples, USFWS.

    Casual sighting leads to endangered bat discovery

    May 26, 2021 | 7 minute read

    Asheville, North Carolina - On May 9, 2016, biologist Chris Kelly saw a lone bat on a bridge crossing the French Broad River outside Asheville, North Carolina. Five years later, everything wildlife biologists thought they knew about endangered gray bats in this corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains has been upended. Kelly, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was on the bridge doing bird work. Bats aren’t her area of expertise, so she reached out to the state’s bat experts.  Learn more...

  • Three men help unload a 20ft tall pole from a flatbed truck.
    Information icon Staff members unload the new bat habitat poles. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery adds bat habitats

    July 18, 2018 | 1 minute read

    The next time you visit Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, you may notice some tall wood poles near the outdoor classroom and Hatchery Creek. In a joint effort with the Service’s field office in Frankfort, Kentucky, and Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge, Wolf Creek added two new habitats to attract bats. The artificial habitats consist of 20-foot wooden poles fitted with BrandenBark, an artificial bark designed to mimic a dead standing tree.  Learn more...

  • Thousands of bats flying together at dusk.
    Information icon Bats flying. Photo by Ann Froschauer, USFWS.

    Winged assistants

    November 9, 2017 | 5 minute read

    Nights, Jessica Smith likes to sit in a folding chair in her backyard and watch the evening show. It’s been playing with hardly a let-up since she installed a bat house on her barn two years ago. A different barn with maternity colony of little brown bats. Photo by Ann Froschauer, USFWS. Day shuts down, night opens up. Bats, hundreds of them, hurtle into the darkening sky to do what bats do best: eat insects.  Learn more...

  • A bat with a fuzzy head and large round eyes clings to the handler’s gloved hand
    Information icon Robin is an Egyptian fruit bat. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

    They come out at night

    August 10, 2017 | 4 minute read

    The 2017 blitz, like those that preceded it, attempted to spread a little bat understanding – and, perhaps, some bat love. Bat experts invited the public to spend a few moments regarding a creature that’s suffered from a PR problem. Most folks just don’t understand bats, or what they do.  Learn more...

  • A small, brown, furry bat in a gloved hand.
    Information icon Northern long-eared bat caught at Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS.

    Programming conservation

    October 31, 2016 | 5 minute read

    Gary Jordan is really looking forward to tonight. His gear is ready. The headlamp has fresh batteries, his gloves are packed, and the new net is loaded in the back of his truck. Gary is a biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he will be looking for bats. He’ll drive a little more than two hours from Raleigh to the Coastal Plain. Once there, he’ll meet up with private consultants working as contractors.  Learn more...

News

  • A brown bat attached to the roof of a cave with white fuzz around its nose
    Information icon In this 2016 photo, a tri-colored bat with evidence of White Nose Syndrome (WNS) hibernates on the wall of the Black Diamond Tunnel in the North Georgia mountains. Photo by Pete Pattavina, USFWS.

    NFWF announces more than $1.1 million in grants to help bats

    October 30, 2018 | 4 minute read

    Birmingham, Alabama — On the eve of Halloween, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced more than $1.1 million in grants to combat white-nose syndrome (WNS) and promote the survival of bats in North America. The grants were announced at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center in Birmingham, Alabama, where Bat Conservation International (BCI), one of the grantees, is working with two non-toxic anti-fungal agents, ultraviolet light and polyethylene glycol, as a way to reduce the impact of WNS.  Read the full story...

  • A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose.
    A tri-color bat in the Avery County with white-nose syndrome. Photo by Gabrielle Graeter, NCWRC.

    Fish and Wildlife Service directs money to Southeast to fight bat disease

    July 17, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Southeastern states from North Carolina to Mississippi will receive nearly $300,000 to study and fight a fatal disease sweeping bat colonies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced Monday. The Service is disbursing $289,236 to 10 southeastern states to research and battle white-nose syndrome (WNS), an affliction that has decimated bats across about two-thirds of the United States. The allocation represents nearly a third of just over $1 million distributed across 37 states where the disease has turned up, the Service said.  Read the full story...

Wildlife-and-You

  • A brown bat flies through the air with wings fully extended.
    Adult Rafinesques big-eared bat soars through the night. USDA photo by the Forest Service.

    Backyard Habitat: Bats

    Bats play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. You can make a difference by providing homes for bats in your backyard. They will even help reduce insect pests that bother you and your garden plants!  Learn more...

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