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Ten years ago, a mysterious illness, now known as white-nose syndrome, started killing hibernating bats in the Northeast. While the disease has devastated bat populations, the Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners have learned a lot in the last decade and hope to control the disease in the future.

Two studies funded through Hurricane Sandy relief aid are helping land managers understand the importance of local nesting habitat within the broader range of the piping plover, which is on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List.

Patty Morrison of Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge has been selected as a 2016 Recovery Champion for her leadership in recovering endangered freshwater mussels.