Northern Long-eared Bat Listing Update - USF&WS Asheville Dinner Meeting

  • 13 Aug 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Blue Dream: 81 Patton Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

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Come join us in Asheville, NC to learn about the recent listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis), its interim 4(b) status, and the long-term implications of its permanent listing.  

Sue Cameron is a wildlife biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the Asheville Ecological Services Office where she works on terrestrial species of the southern Appalachian Mountains including small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.  Her primarily duties entail working with partners to recover federally listed species and assisting with state and national efforts to address white-nose syndrome. 

Sue will provide an overview of the northern long-eared bat's biology , the status of our knowledge on white-nose syndrome and its impacts to bat populations, and implication for section 7 consultation, including USF&WS-required tree clearing moratoria.

The northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) was recently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, primarily due to rapid population declines as a result of white-nose syndrome.  White-nose syndrome, an emergent disease caused by a newly discovered and introduced fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans), has decimated populations of cave dwelling bats in eastern North America. The disease is currently impacting bats in 25 states and five Canadian provinces and is firmly established in the Southern Appalachians. The listing of northern long-eared bat represents the first listing due to this devastating disease and status reviews are ongoing for two additional species.  Agencies, universities, organizations and private individuals are working together in a highly coordinated effort to combat white-nose syndrome.  Some human activity can also impact bat species, creating challenges for bat populations already struggling because of disease and highlighting the need to protect important habitat and surviving bat populations while research on white-nose syndrome continues.  
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