WNS Grant Awarded by the NFWF
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation just awarded $117,422 for our continued research to treat bats at Black Diamond Tunnel for the fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome. This is a continuation of our work spaning the past 4 years at Black Diamond Tunnel.
Our goal is to implement an integrated disease management system to increase survivorship of tri-colored bat populations affected by WNS at Black Diamond Tunnel in Georgia. The project will fumigate Black Diamond Tunnel with volatile organic compounds to reduce the amount of the fungus that causes WNS and compare fungal loads and bat mortality with four other significant sites that are not receiving treatment, with the goal of reducing the fungal load to zero and reducing the mortality rate by 50 percent.