Home > calendar > Page
Oversight Hearing on "Why We Should Care About Bats: Devastating Impact White-Nose Syndrome is Having on One of Nature's Best Pest Controllers"
Friday, June 24, 2011 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
1324 Longworth House Office Building


SUBCOMMITTEE ON FISHERIES, WILDLIFE, OCEANS AND INSULAR AFFAIRS
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Friday, June 24, 2011
10:00 a.m.

OVERSIGHT HEARING ON:

  • "Why We Should Care About Bats: Devastating Impact White-Nose Syndrome is Having on One of Nature's Best Pest Controllers"

OPENING STATEMENT:

The Honorable John Fleming
Chairman

WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:

Panel I

Dr. Gabriela Chavarria
Science Advisor to the Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Accompanied by:
Dr. David Blehert
Microbiologist, National Wildlife Health Center
U.S. Geological Society

Jim Peña
Associate Deputy Chief
U.S. Forest Service

Dr. Jonathan Gassett
Commissioner
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Nina Fascione
Executive Director
Bat Conservation International
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Peter Youngbaer
White-Nose Syndrome Liaison
National Speleological Society
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Dr. Justin Boyles
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee
(Truth in Testimony Form)

BACKGROUND:

Bats are one of the most economically important non-domesticated animals in North America. According to Science Magazine, bats contribute $22.9 billion annually to the agricultural industry through insect control and pollination. Since 2006, over one million bats have been killed by a fungus known as the White-Nose Syndrome. This hearing will review the steps that have been taken over the past five years to control White-Nose Syndrome and the amount of money that has been spent on these efforts, assess the efficiency of working groups meant to contain if not stop this disease, and look for new ways of managing this deadly bat fungus.

Latest News

Bishop: FWS Mimics EPA Tactics in Expansive Critical Habitat Proposal

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service announced the finalization of a new policy for defining and designating critical habitat under the Endangered Specie...... Read more

Committee Advances Bipartisan “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act”

Today, the Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3036 (Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-NJ), the “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act,” legislation designating the National September 11 Mem...... Read more

New York Times: How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico

To understand how Puerto Rico’s power authority has piled up $9 billion in debt, one need only visit this bustling city on the northwest coast. Twenty years ago, it was just another town with dwindlin...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

The Costly Impacts of Predation and Conflicting Federal Statutes on Native and Endangered Fish Species
Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans | 1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 87, H.R. 295, H.R. 1621 and H.R. 2817
Subcommittee on Federal Lands | 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
View All Events