“Story map” tells the tale of a deadly bat disease

Biologist holds tri-colored bat with visible symptoms of WNS from Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Georgia. ©USFWS/NPS

A devastating fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) is spreading among hibernating bats, leaving carnage and barren caves in its wake. Now, people can learn about the disease and efforts to combat it in a new multimedia story created by the U.S. Forest Service. Using text, slideshows and an animated map, the story highlights research by federal agencies and shows where WNS has been found across North America. In collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USFS is studying the disease using an “integrated disease management” approach, which focuses on relationships between the fungus, the bats and their environment.