Bat guano sample collection from within a hibernaculam (staff members wearing full hazmat suits to reduce transmission of the disease)
Bats and White-nose Syndrome: Biologists Tirhi and Tobin, along with staff members from Tacoma Power, collected samples from a hibernaculum in La Grande used by Townsend's big-eared bats during the summer as a maternity roost. The site had been visited once in the past by Tacoma Power in the winter and confirmed as a hibernacula, but species using it were not confirmed. Tirhi and others were hopeful to find Myotis spp., those most susceptible to having the syndrome, but only found Townsend's upon inspection (26 total). Staff members took swabs of the forearm and snout of two Townsend's and guano samples throughout the structure to be sent to the lab for white-nose syndrome testing.