PLEASE CLEAN AND DISINFECT YOUR CAVE GEAR!
NSS 2016 Convention Group Decontamination Stations
Canadian National White-Nose Syndrome Protocol, June 2015 (YouTube video)
Effects of Pathogen Decontamination on the Strength of Climbing Rope and Harness Equipment
Contact one of your local agencies and ask if you can help survey for bats.
Who to contact if you see bats:If you see bats with WNS in a new/transition area --
Contact your local Fish and Wildlife agency. Do not handle live bats!
Report Sick or Dead Bats In Washington http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/wns/reporting.html
Report Sick or Dead Bats in Oregon http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/health_program/WNS/reporting.asp
Report WNS suspicious bats in California: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Laboratories/Wildlife-Investigations/Monitoring/WNS/Report
Report Bats in Idaho
Report a bat in Montana: http://nrmg.org/bat-observation/
Climbers for Bat Conservation
Canada Bat Caver
Report Bat colonies in Maine
Report bats everywhere else
Contact your local wildlife agency
How to Restore WNS-depleted Bat Populations
An excellent tutorial blog by Merlin Tuttle
Helpful Grotto pages:
How to visit a cave on public land during cave closures
If you don't already have a relationship, contact the agency and offer to monitor the caves. NSS cavers have the expertise to provide agencies much needed management information on current (and past) status of the geology, biological activity, and human impacts to caves and the areas around them. The NSS has MOUs and local groups are encouraged to develop their own agreements under the larger umbrella agreements. Sometimes local agencies are not aware of the nationwide MOUs and need to be put into contact with other agency personnel, contact the NSS WNS Liaison or the NSS Government Liaison if you need assistance.
[Note: The MOU links below require login as NSS Member]
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
NSS-USFWS Memorandum of Agreement
US Forest Service (USFS) NSS-USFS Memorandum of Agreement
National Park Service NSS-NPS Memorandum of Agreement
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) NSS-BLM Memorandum of Agreement
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) NSS-TNC Memorandum of Agreement
Bat Conservation International NSS-BCI Memorandum of Agreement
State Wildlife agencies
Where to find funding for WNS and cave research