Flyway Nights explains White-Nose Syndrome in California Bats White-nose syndrome is a fungal disease of hibernating bats that has emerged as a significant threat to bat populations in North America. The fungus (Pseudogynoascus destructans or Pd) and the disease it causes has been moving west; and in 2018 and 2019, the fungus was detected in very low levels at one location in California. Here in the west, we do not know whether the disease will have the same impacts as it has in the east, partly because we do not have as much information about what our bats do in the winter. On Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights speaker series, Bronwyn Hogan, a US Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist, will discuss the history and progression of the disease, what is known about it, what we are doing to respond, and what a “low level” detection of the fungus means. She will also discuss some of the other efforts, including the North American Bat Monitoring program and other large scale survey projects, underway to better understand our bat fauna and to be able to detect impacts to the bats in our area. Bronwyn Hogan is a wildlife biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office in Sacramento. She is the Pacific Southwest (CA and NV) Regional White-nose Syndrome and North American Bat Monitoring coordinator for the Service. Prior to the USFWS, Bronwyn worked for 10 years at the (then) California Department of Fish and Game, working on renewable energy issues and the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. She has been working on and off with bats for many years, after she first saw one “in person” in Costa Rica during a study abroad program. Flyway Nights is a monthly speaker series highlighting environmental issues, natural history of Northern California and current research topics in conservation. Yolo Basin Foundation hosts Flyway Nights the first Thursday of the month from November to April at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road) in south Davis. A $5 donation to support the Foundation’s wetland education programs is suggested. Yolo Basin Foundation members are free. For the complete schedule and more information, visit www.yolobasin.org/flywaynights or call Yolo Basin Foundation at (530) 757-3780.