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Many issues brought up at annual meetings cannot be resolved overnight. Therefore "task forces" are formed and members continue the discussion after the meeting to accomplish their goal. The committies are informal and anyone can contribute to the discussion or involved in various ways. Please contact the task leader(*) to be included and see what you can do to help.

This list includes present and past commitees, so not all of these groups are necessarily active. Inactive groups may remain listed here in case the topic comes up again, we don't necessarily have to re-invent the wheel.


2015 Annual Meeting
Sarah Boyden
sarah.boyden at stantec.com


2016 Annual Meeting
Holly Niederriter
Holly.Niederriter at state.de.us


Membership list
Marilyn Kitchel
Marilyn volunteered to gather names from past meetings, the listserve and wherever else they may be hidden to ensure everyone is kept in the loop about future activities, meetings, etc.


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Caving in WNS
Greg Turner*, Barb Douglas, Carl Herzog
Craig Stihler, Peter Youngbaer
Purpose: to develop a statement from NEBWG on cave access in the Northeast. Focus on maintaining cave closure during hibernation (prevent disturbance) and review of current FWS cave advisory and any points of disagreement with the NEBWG members


BMP for Bat Exclusions
Kristen Watrous

Purpose: how to deal with issues that might come up post-listing related to exclusion activities in buildings and to develop criteria to avoid the need for permitting most of these activities.


Bat Rehabilitation
Christina Kocer*, Leslie Sturges, Mick Valent
Purpose: to gather state protocols to look at what is occurring in the Northeast. Review potential effects of listing on rehab, recommendations? ID issues with rehab and find out (if possible) how much rehab is actually occurring in the northeast.


WNS Steering Commitee
Scott Darling*, Carl Herzog


Rick Reynolds*, Cal Butchkoski, Scott Darling, Kathy Haffner, Holly Niederriter, Robyn Niver, Craig Stihler, Chris Sanders, Kristen Watrous, Stacy Wolbert
Purpose: to address large scale as well as industrial size individual turbines and impacts to bats and management strategies. Committee will review the draft FWS wind guidelines and provide comments. The committee will distribute the comments to state biologists and NEBWG, SBDN and MBWG members.


Baseline Data/Summer Survey
Scott Darling*, Carl Herzog, Mark Ford, Kathy Johnson, Marilyn Kitchel, Holly Niederriter, Susi von Oettingen, John Seese

Purpose: to recommend and perhaps facilitate that summer mist net surveys in WNS states should begin to radio track non-listed myotids and collect data on summer habitat use in the event they get listed.





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