What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Consider NSS' Bat Ball! #caves

Promotional Poster for the NSS Bat Ball.
The National Speleological Society is hosting their second Bat Ball to ring in 2018. If you're in Huntsville, Alabama consider hanging out with some cavers and celebrate the New Year with dinner, dancing and a champagne toast! Caver-made craft libations will featured to keep the party going. In addition to the Bat Ball, guests are encouraged to camp for the long weekend and take in the sights, both above- and below-ground.

USGS: White Nose Syndrome Detected in Alabama #caves #bats

By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters (tri-colored bat with WNS  Uploaded by Dolovis) [CC BY 2.0 ( or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
While inspecting caves in Alabama, researchers have positively identified White Nose Syndrome (WNS) in a bat. The USGS published a press release indicating that the fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans was detected in a bat in the Corkscrew Cave in Shelby County, Alabama. WNS is particularly lethal, reducing affected populations by up to 90%.

USGS Karst Interest Group Workshop, 16-18 May 2017

Cave in Carlsbad Caverns
Support students who research caves and karst! The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Karst Interest Group is holding a workshop May 16-18, 2017. Registration fees will benefit three student groups at the University of Texas, San Antonio: the Student Geological Society, and the student chapters of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists. See the announcement below from the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) monthly e-newsletter:

Need a Summer Hobby? Explore Caving With NSS! #caves

Cover of the Guide to Responsible Caving That Shows People Exploring a Cave.
Caving is an age-old hobby that brings people together to explore the worlds that exist beneath our feet. The National Speleological Society (NSS) is a member of AGI and promotes responsible and safe caving practices. If you've never been caving, you can explore caves with one of the over 250 NSS chapters called Grottos.


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