‘Otis could use your support.

It is necessary for folks from the conservation organizations, environmental firms, university research and learning centers to provide not only academic support and new updated information about bats and their habitats but also generate research student enthusiasm and interest for the future. The private sector needs the latest information to make the right business and conservation decisions. State and county public works need to have a resource for supporting their work in a safe and environmentally sustainable way for people and wildlife. A state BWG is particularly important in WNS affected states where bats are so negatively affected. Interconnecting these disparate organizations and individuals via a central portal of knowledge and support for the benefit of bats and other similarly imperiled mammals is the primary mission of the group. This is intended to be a internal network within the state and external link to other states’ bat working groups. we are motivated to gather folks from our states institutes of higher learning, public service entities, private firms, and citizen scientists together to support bats and other threatened or endangered mammals in our state. Let us know if you are interested in joining the Bat Working Group in our special state of South Carolina. ‘Otis and other bats could use your support.

This Site is a resource for folks from all over South Carolina, the South East and elsewhere to connect and share Bat knowledge and Bat related activities in South Carolina.


Ray Long

SC Bat Advocate


SCBWG Virtual Mtg 2020

WNS map August 30, 2019



White-nose syndrome (WNS) has continued to spread rapidly. Bats with white-nose syndrome have been confirmed in 33 states and seven Canadian provinces:

Alabama – Arkansas – Connecticut – Delaware – Georgia – Illinois – Indiana – Iowa – Kansas – Kentucky – Maine – Maryland -Massachusetts – Michigan – Minnesota – Missouri – New Hampshire – Nebraska – New Jersey – New York – North Carolina – Ohio -Oklahoma – Rhode Island – Pennsylvania – South Carolina – South Dakota – Tennessee – Vermont – Virginia – Washington – West Virginia – Wisconsin

Manitoba, Canada – New Brunswick, Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada – Nova Scotia, Canada – Ontario, Canada – Prince Edward Island, Canada – Quebec, Canada

The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, has been confirmed in three additional states:

Mississippi – Texas – Wyoming

Bat species identified with diagnostic symptoms of white-nose syndrome:

Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
Cave bat (Myotis velifer)
Eastern small-footed bat (Myotis leibii)
Gray bat (Myotis grisescens) *endangered
Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) *endangered
Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)
Long-legged bat (Myotis volans)
Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) *threatened
Tricolored bat (Perimyotis subflavus)
Yuma bat (Myotis yumanensis)

Bat species and subspecies on which Pseudogymnoascus destructans has been detected, but no diagnostic sign of white-nose syndrome has been documented:

Eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis)
Mexican free-tailed bat * (Tadarida brasiliensis)
Rafinesque’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii)
Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
Townsend’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii)
Virginia Big-Eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus) *endangered
Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens) *endangered
Western small-footed bat (Myotis ciliolabrum)

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