Interagency Special Status /
Sensitive Species Program (ISSSSP)
Alert - White-nose Bat Syndrome
White-nose syndrome is a disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The disease is estimated to have killed over six million bats in eastern North America since 2006, and can kill up to 100% of bats in a colony during hibernation.
In March 2016, Washington's first case of white-nose syndrome was confirmed in a Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) near North Bend, 30 miles east of Seattle. Though the disease has devastated bat populations in eastern North America, we do not yet know how it will impact western bats.
Fungal Pathogens: a New Threat to Salamanders
Salamanders are at risk from a number of threats, including habitat loss, wildlife trade, invasive species, and, most recently, fungal pathogens. In 2013, a chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, or "Bsal," wiped out populations of wild fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) in Europe. Though Bsal is not known to occur in the wild in North America at this time, initial studies show that it is rapidly fatal to some North American salamanders.
The Pacific Northwest Regional Office of the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon/Washington State Office of the Bureau of Land Management established an interagency program for the conservation and management of rare species.
This new interagency collaboration will focus on regional-level approaches for species that meet agency criteria for inclusion on sensitive and special status lists. This includes those species that are not federally listed as Threatened or Endangered, or Proposed for federal listing.
Coordination will include:
- identifying high priority species and habitats,
- identifying data gaps and information needs,
- developing conservation assessments and strategies,
- conducting range-wide inventories,
- managing data,
- working with key partners in state and federal agencies, research, universities, and non-government organizations, and
- making information available to field staff and the public
This website can be navigated most effectively by clicking on the Index by Species page in the right-hand sidebar and looking for the species of interest by taxa group (Fauna-Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Invertebrates, Mammals, Reptiles and Flora-Bryophytes, Fungi, Lichens, Vascular Plants). Each species has a listing of all the documents posted on this website.
For example, if you are interested in Euphydryas editha taylori, Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, click on Index by Species in the right-hand sidebar. When the sidebar opens, drag your cursor to Fauna-Invertebrates and click on it. A new page opens with all the documents related to invertebrates organized by order or class. Scroll down to Butterflies and Moths (Order Lepidoptera). Species are listed in alphabetical order by scientific name. Under Euphydryas editha taylori you will find three documents; 1) a final survey report, 2) a species fact sheet, and 3) the USFWS Candidate Species Assessment.
If you have any problems accessing a document or questions regarding this website, please navigate to ISSSSP Home, Contact Us and an ISSSSP representative will respond to your email message.