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  • Three men help unload a 20ft tall pole from a flatbed truck.

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery adds bat habitats

    July 18, 2018 | 1 minute readThe 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...

    Staff members unload the new bat habitat poles. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

  • A bat with a fuzzy head and large round eyes clings to the handler’s gloved hand

    They come out at night

    August 10, 2017 | 4 minute readThe 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...

    Robin is an Egyptian fruit bat. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

  • A small, brown, furry bat in a gloved hand.

    Programming conservation

    October 31, 2016 | 5 minute readGary 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...

    Northern long-eared bat caught at Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS.


  • A brown bat attached to the roof of a cave with white fuzz around its nose

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

    October 30, 2018 | 4 minute readBirmingham, 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...

    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.

  • A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose.

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

    July 17, 2017 | 3 minute readSoutheastern 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...

    A tri-color bat in the Avery County with white-nose syndrome. Photo by Gabrielle Graeter, NCWRC.


  • Three furry bats hang from the wet ceiling of a cave.

    Forest Service caves closed

    July 21, 2014 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. As the fatal bat disease white nose syndrome continues to spread, leaving millions of dead bats in its wake, land managers continue working to check its spread. In an effort to prevent the human spread of the disease by clothes or equipment, most federal and state caves have been closed to the public, and the Regional Forester for the Southern Region of the U. Learn more...

    Trio of tri-colored bats. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

  • Dozens of brown bats with long ears attached to the roof of a cave in a cluster.

    North Carolina’s endangered bats

    September 10, 2013 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, an anniversary we’re marking by taking a closer look at some of the endangered species of the Southern Appalachians. In the eastern United States, it’s hard to talk about bat conservation without mentioning white nose syndrome – the bat disease that’s decimating many species as it spreads from the New York area where it was first discovered. Learn more...

    Cluster of Virginia big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus). Photo by Dave Riggs, CC BY-SA 2.0.

  • A small furry bat in a crevice of a cave with patches of white fungus on its face and shoulder.

    North Carolina bat decline

    January 30, 2013 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The biologists eyed the bat box on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Counter in hand, they tallied how many bats were using the box. This is the fourth year they’ve done these counts at a string of bat roosting boxes along the river. And this spring they witnessed a precipitous decline in the number of bats using the sites from past years. Learn more...

    A northern-long-eared bat with suspected White Nose Syndrome. Photo by Steve Taylor, University of Illinois.

  • A furry, brown bat resting in the crevace of a cave.

    Monitoring bats along the Tuckasegee River

    May 1, 2012 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. A pair of biologists sat patiently beside the Tuckasegee River, staring at a set of wooden boxes mounted on a wooden pole on the rivers’ bank, waiting for the sun to go down. With enough darkness, bats started dropping out of the boxes to begin their nightly feeding on insects near the river. It has been more than two years since the Dillsboro Dam, on the Tuckasegee River, was removed, and everything indicates the removal has been positive for the river as native fish and other aquatic animals are expanding into habitat previously cut off to them, and using areas previously unusable. Learn more...

    Hibernating Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis). Photo by Ann Froschauer, USFWS.


  • A brown bat flies through the air with wings fully extended.

    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...

    Adult Rafinesques big-eared bat soars through the night. USDA photo by the Forest Service.

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