Jennifer Redell of the Wisconsin DNR will discuss the local and national response to white-nosed syndrome in bats at the annaul meeting of the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) on Oct. 5, 9 am – 12 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.
As part of the WDNR’s Bat Program Redell collaborates with researchers across North America to wage a critical battle with white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease devastating hibernating bat populations. Redell has worked with caves for nearly 20 years and with bats for 10, joining the WDNR in 2007. The WDNR’s Bat Program has been involved in WNS research since 2009. The program works statewide to routinely monitor bats through acoustic surveys, cave and mine surveys, and summer roost surveys. Hundreds of volunteers help the program collect data on bats in Wisconsin.
In addition to Redell’s presentation, DCIST will have lightning talks on other topics, recognize volunteers who have substantially helped the DCIST program move its mission forward, and there will be coffee and light breakfast available throughout the morning. RSVP at eventbrite.com by searching for “Door County Invasive Species Team.”