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‘Otis could use your support.

Mission Statement: Conserving South Carolina’s bats through communication, collaboration, education and research.

Goals:

  • Provide a network for communication to people across the state to collaborate on bat conservation projects.

  • Be a resource for state, county, and local citizens across the state to collaborate on bat conservation projects.

  • Provide outreach information to the public for a better understanding of bats.

  • Offer opportunities for public engagement through citizen science and volunteer work.

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.

https://southcarolinabatworkinggroup.org/contact/

Ray Long

SC Bat Advocate

News:

Updates from the 2020 SC Bat Working Group Virtual Meeting:

Next Meeting:
Bat Week Planning Meeting: August 24th, 2021
Formal SCBWG Meeting: November 16th, 2021

Updated SC Bat Working Group Mission Statement:
Conserving South Carolina’s bats through communication, collaboration, education and research.

Updated SC Bat Working Group Goals:
Provide a network for communication to people across the state to collaborate on bat conservation projects.
Be a resource for state, county, and local citizens across the state to collaborate on bat conservation projects.
Provide outreach information to the public for a better understanding of bats.
Offer opportunities for public engagement through citizen science and volunteer work.

White Nose Syndrome Information

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a fungal disease that causes hibernating bats to wake and burn their energy reserves when insect prey is unavailable, causing them to starve to death. In North America, WNS has killed millions of bats, and at some sites 90 to 100 percent have died. Several species are affected, with the hardest-hit being the Northern long-eared bat, little brown bat, and tri-colored bat. Other species, like the Virginia big-eared bat, have been found with the fungus, but they don’t show signs of being sick with WNS. To learn more about WNS and view the map of the spread of the disease, see https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/.

To learn more about WNS and its spread in in SC, please see https://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/bats/batswns.html.

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