USFWS Awards Grants for Work on White-Nose Syndrome

Tri-colored bat with visible WNS symptoms in Alabama's Fern Cave.

Tri-colored bat with visible WNS symptoms in Alabama’s Fern Cave. Photo by Darwin Brock

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just announced grant awards totaling just under $1 million to 35 states and the District of Columbia for white-nose syndrome (WNS) related projects.

State natural resource agencies will use the funds to support research, monitor bat populations and prepare for and respond to WNS, a disease that afflicts bats.

White-nose syndrome has now been confirmed in 26 states and five Canadian provinces. These grants provide essential support to our state partners in preparing for and responding to this disease. The research, monitoring, and actions made possible by these grants have yielded valuable results and insights for our national response to white-nose syndrome. Dr. Jeremy Coleman, USFWS National WNS Coordinator

The USFWS is leading a cooperative effort with federal and state agencies, tribes, researchers, universities and other nongovernmental organizations to investigate and manage the disease. In addition to developing science-based protocols and guidance for land management agencies and other partners to slow the spread of WNS, the Service has funded many research projects to improve understanding of the disease and support sound, effective management responses.

We are seeing a continent-wide focus on bat conservation because of threats to bats such as white-nose syndrome. For example, the newly created North American Bat Monitoring Program will provide us basic data about bat populations so we can better prepare for and respond to white-nose syndrome, which unfortunately continues to spread throughout the U.S. and Canada. These grants will help states engage in this international effort. Wendi Weber, Co-chair of the White-Nose Syndrome Executive Committee and USFWS Northeast Regional Director

Funding for grants was provided through the Endangered Species Recovery and Science Applications programs. Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia submitted proposals requesting $1,589,789. All requests were given partial awards, ranging from about $13,000 to $39,000, for a total of $998,767.

WNS 2015 Award Amounts by State

State Award (rounded to dollars)
Alabama $24,375.00
Arkansas $35,100.00
California $27,607.00
Colorado $26,000.00
Delaware $18,454.00
District of Columbia $15,405.00
Florida $13,619.00
Georgia $24,375.00
Idaho $26,000.00
Illinois $24,362.00
Indiana $26,910.00
Iowa $24,569.00
Kentucky $39,000.00
Louisiana $31,200.00
Maine $20,028.00
Maryland $19,500.00
Michigan $39,000.00
Minnesota $39,000.00
Mississippi $24,375.00
Missouri $19,589.00
Nebraska $25,993.00
Nevada $17,313.00
New Jersey $39,000.00
North Carolina $39,000.00
Ohio $24,375.00
Oregon $30,372.00
Pennsylvania $32,499.00
Rhode Island $21,751.00
South Carolina $39,000.00
Tennessee $26,000.00
Texas $21,618.00
Utah $25,032.00
Vermont $35,645.00
Virginia $31,200.00
West Virginia $32,500.00
Wisconsin $39,000.00
Total $998,767.00
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