San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

White-Nose Syndrome Lecture

April 14, 2015 0:00am

The CDFW Office of Training and Development is pleased to announce the Conservation Lecture Series in Sacramento.

Lecture: White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Presenter: Dr. David Wyatt, Professor, Sacramento City College

Date: April 14, 2015, 12-1:30pm Place: Natural Resources Building, ground floor auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814


White-nose Syndrome (WNS) has killed millions of bats in the eastern half of North America. It was first discovered in 2006 affecting hibernating bats in New York and since that time the disease has spread to 25 U.S. states and 5 Canadian provinces. Seven species of bats (including two Endangered Species) have had mortality due to WNS and an additional five species have tested positive for the causal agent (a fungus). This causal agent is Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) and is directly responsible in causing mortality in hibernating bats due to WNS. Three additional states have had detections of this fungus but WNS has not been confirmed from those three states (yet!). Dr. David Wyatt, professor at Sacramento City College, will provide an overview of Pd, how it causes mortality in bats, why only hibernating bat species have exhibited mortality, what are current estimates of mortality, what is the current known distribution of WNS in North America, what efforts are being made to combat this disease, and the difficulties inherent in detecting and addressing this disease in western North America bat species. Please join us in this fascinating discussion of a wildlife disease that has such devastating impacts on numerous species in this ecologically and economically important group of mammals.

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