Fungus that Causes Deadly Bat Disease Discovered in Mississippi

WNS MAP_06-09-14 Summary

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

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!


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

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome


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:


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


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.



Cave Clean-up Volunteers needed – Lewis and Clark Caverns – September 28, 2013

mtstateparks-logoLewis & Clark Caverns State Park is hosting a cave cleaning for National Public Lands Day Sept. 28, 2103.

The park needs volunteers! Anyone can sign up, grotto member or not, but they especially need group leaders who have cave cleaned before. They could then supervise volunteers in different portions of the cave. The number of volunteers that can pre-register will be based on the number of supervisors that they can recruit.

The park will provide lunch, and they are looking for someone to do a program to benefit those who attended the project – either on Montana caves or the grotto.

The cleaning “how-to’s” will start at 9:00 am.; perhaps cave clean from 9:30- noon; lunch, then the program if someone is willing.

Please RVSP (ASAP!) to:
Rhea K. Armstrong
Assistant Manager
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
P.O. Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759
(406) 287-3541