WHITE NOSE SYNDROME CONFIRMED IN WASHINGTON STATE
March 31, 2016
We have just received the unfortunate news that a single bat has been confirmed to have died from White Nose Syndrome, just east of Seattle, Washington State. For cavers in the west, this means that decontamination protocols need to be observed. CLICK HERE for a link to the original press release. For cavers in the west, this means that decontamination protocols need to be observed. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Summary of our first year's activities
In the first year of the program, beginning fall 2015, we have deployed ultrasonic bat detectors to 70 mine and cave sites across British Columbia and Alberta. New bat hibernacula have been identified by our volunteers. Detector retrievals have begun as the snow leaves and bats emerge from hibernation. We would like to acknowledge all our volunteers in this effort: members of the Alberta Speleological Society, BC Speleological Federation and all others who have contributed to the success of this major undertaking. Our 2016 season includes analysis of the data gathered, followed by redeployment of data loggers to new locations in our ongoing effort to identify hibernation sites across western Canada. In addition, we are currently working on educational signage for bat hibernation sites and provincial responses to the new WNS outbreak just south of the border, in conjunction with government agencies. We will also soon be releasing an educational brochure. Thanks to all who have contributed and we look forward to a productive 2016 season!
Discovery of two new hibernacula in Alberta Caves - Globe and Mail article, March 12 2016