Fungus that Causes Deadly Bat Disease Discovered in Mississippi

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Grotto members and cave enthusiasts alike,

It is with a heavy heart that we relay the continued expansion of Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The below excerpt is from www.whitenosesyndrome.org

The fungus known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS) in hibernating bats, a disease that has decimated bat populations in the eastern United States and Canada, was recently discovered for the first time in Mississippi. The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, was detected in samples collected from several caves and road culverts in eastern Mississippi this past winter through a National Science Foundation-funded monitoring project.

Whitefish Pub Night

Let’s meet at Andy’s new house in Whitefish.  Details will follow, but for now save the date: Friday, April 18th.  Open BBQ Potluck style dinner and slides from his Mexico caving trip.  Stay tuned for time and a map to Andy’s house.

 

2014 Annual Grotto Meeting @ Lewis and Clark Caverns!

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Howdy All! Who’s excited for the 2014 Annual Grotto Meeting!?! We have lots to cover, including a precedent-setting agreement between the USFS & the NRMG, and a bunch more great news! Please sign up for the 2014 Annual Grotto Meeting at … Continue reading

New website

Our new website is up and running at nrmg.org! Our newest feature is a trip report submission form, enabling members to report bat observations, upload files and pictures, and we’re just getting started. A primary feature of the new site will be a user-searchable database for recreational caving opportunities in your neighborhood. Another will be member features that will allow you to easily connect with cavers in your area. The rollout will occur over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

If you are a new member, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you, and hope to meet you in person at our upcoming Annual Grotto Meeting at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. In the meantime, you aren’t missing any caving to speak of. Strap on your board or boards and get some turns in, we’ll keep you advised as to the changes ahead.

Thanks for supporting the Northern Rocky Mountain Grotto!

Website maintenance

Hey guys, over the next few days our website will be undergoing some serious maintenance. In the meantime, many of the features of the site will be disabled or unavailable. We appreciate your patience; Hang with us as we roll out a “new and improved” site!!

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Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome

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Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome was produced for the USDA Forest Service by Ravenswood Media. It shows how government and private agencies have come together to search for solutions to help our bat populations overcome WNS. The short, 13-minute film can be watched here:

https://vimeo.com/76705033

 

Pub Nights in Whitefish and Billings next week, October 7th and 9th!

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Howdy Cavers,

I hope you’re all loving life as summer begins to transition into fall. What better way to celebrate than with great company, crazy stories, and planning of future cave trips?

Please join me at the upcoming Whitefish Pub Night this coming Monday, October 7th. The fun kicks off at 6:30pm at the Mezzanine of the Black Star Draught House (Aka Great Northern Brewing Company).

If you’re not in NW Montana, perhaps you can make it for the Pub Night in Billings on Wednesday, October 9th. We’ll meet at Tiny’s Tavern, in the backroom, at 6:30pm.

Bring cool new gear to show off! Bring your girlfriend/boyfriend! Bring some cave pictures to share! Bring some upcoming caving plans! Bring some ideas! Bring a litany of questions! Just bring yourself and come have a good time.

Cheers!

Ian