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NABCA Threats to Bats Survey May 2016

The Steering Committee of the North American Bat Conservation Alliance developed a list of 21 potential threats facing bats in North America. The threats were categorized based on the established IUCN–CMP Threats and Actions Classifications. These classifications provide a framework for organizing threats and conservation actions using a common language. The development of this list was also informed by compiling the materials collected from approximately 400 participants at the North American Joint Bat Working Group Meeting held in Saint Louis, Missouri, March 3-6, 2015. At this meeting, bat experts from across the continent were separated into groups of 8-12 people and asked a series of questions to compile a list of the threats to bats in North America. In 2016, an electronic survey was sent to all regional bat working group participants asking for their input to rank the threats in their region of expertise.

The information from this survey was used to identify the highest priority threats (i.e., those affecting a high proportion of the population or one or more species, and having a large impact on the populations they do affect), to help with prioritizing conservation actions.

Updated Charter Approved Feb 22, 2016

NABCA's charter was recently updated and approved. The charter contains a number of changes. Members are encouraged to read and review the document.

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North American Bat Conservation Letter of Intent Signed

North American bats, many of whom migrate across international boundaries, face many threats:

  • Habitat destruction has limited bats’ food gathering and roosting sites throughout their range;
  • Human-related disturbances, including wind turbines, can lead to bat deaths; and
  • Perhaps the best-known bat-killer, for now limited to bats in the United States and Canada, is white-nose syndrome, a deadly invasive fungus. Since its discovery  in New York not even 10 years ago, white-nose syndrome has spread to 26 states and five Canadian provinces and killed millions of bats.

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NABCA Charter Approved by Steering Committee July 2, 2015

The North American Bat Conservation Alliance (NABCA) is an informal alliance among federal, state/provincial and local government agencies; regional bat working groups; non-government organizations; industry; individual scientists and biologists and concerned members of the public interested in bat conservation. The role of NABCA is to facilitate coordination and communication among parties interested in bat conservation in North America, to develop and maintain a North American Bat Conservation Strategy, and to develop and promote Action Plans to implement the priorities identified in the Strategy.

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