In response to the growing use of bat detectors as inventory and monitoring tools, training courses familiarizing users with the increasingly complex hardware and software are essential. Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. and SonoBat are hosting a SonoBat Software Training Workshop at the Falls Creek Inn in Pikeville, Tennessee, immediately preceding the 2013 Southeast Bat Diversity Network conference. This course highlights current acoustic inventory techniques with a focus on the use of the latest full-spectrum bat detectors commonly available, echolocation call analysis using the powerful SonoBat 3 software, and integrating full-spectrum detectors into state and federal bat survey protocols. Our team of expert power users with combined experience of 60+ years of bat fieldwork are your instructors, which includes the SonoBat developer.
One Session: February 11-13 (Monday afternoon-Wednesday late-afternoon). Class size: Limited to 20 participants. Location: Falls Creek Inn, Pikeville, TN.
Janet Tyburec, B.A. (1989) Trinity University, a full-time employee at Bat Conservation International, Inc. (BCI), from 1989 thru September 2002, has been involved in the structure and execution of training workshops since the inception of BCI's workshop efforts. She has been extensively trained by BCI founder, Merlin D. Tuttle. And from 1992 to 2012, she has personally taught over 2,500 wildlife biologists, land managers, and students of conservation in the course of presenting over 150 field workshops. She has provided all training and instruction at BCI's Arizona, California, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania locations. She has also contracted with other federal and state agencies, including the USDA Forest Service, USDI National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Department of Defense to conduct custom training workshops for directors, staff, seasonal employees, and volunteers.
David Riggs, BS Computer Science (2007) West Virginia University, has
John Chenger, president of Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. (BCM), has worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to conduct cave and mine assessments and other bat inventories. He has also worked with BCI since 1997 to facilitate training workshops in Arizona, California, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. He founded BCM in 1999 to address nuisance bat management issues by providing man-made roosts and performing bat-exclusion and bat- proofing services. His company has grown to include seasonal bat roost and habitat surveys, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) endangered species compliance inventories, acoustic monitoring studies, and large-scale migratory bat radio-tracking projects. His work has led him to develop and manufacture commercially available survey gear including mist net poles, portable triple-high mist-net sets, harp traps, and bat houses certified by BCI.
Choosing the Right Bat Detector for the Job
Acoustic Data Management and Organization
Guided Demo: Offloading data from D500X & SM2+
Guided Demo: Introduction to SonoBat Basic Operations
Geek Session (optional)
Visualizing Mobile Transects
Workflow for Using FS Data With EchoClass
The Power of the MS Excel Pivot Table for Interpreting Results
Some thoughts on previous workshops:
Location and Directions: The workshop isolated at the Falls Creek Inn, a hotel/conference center within Falls Creek Falls State Park in eastern Tennessee. Please see map link provided on the FCFSP homepage. The physical address is : 2009 Village Camp Road, Pikeville, TN 37367
Dates: February 11-13 (Monday-Wednesday). Check in starts at noon, program begins promptly at 1 PM.
Airport Shuttle: The closest airport is Chattanooga, TN, but it is still ~2 hour drive. There will be an opportunity for a pickup ~February 10 with a drop-off to be determined. Upon request we will be happy to share your email with other participants in order to facilite carpools.
Falls Creek Inn Lodging:
General Equipment: The course is conducted entirely within a classroom setting, indoors, with Wi-Fi Internet access. Functional trials of SonoBat will be available for students to install on a personal laptop prior to the course. If you plan to use a government/institution/corporate owned computer BE SURE you have access privileges to install software during this class. Please bring a laptop loaded with the SonoBat demo, any previously recorded bat call files (*.wav format; recorded with any full spectrum detector), and a freshly formatted memory stick (2 GB or larger). It is very important for participants to pre-install the software and become familiar with its basic layout and operations to maximize time spent learning the various features and utilities. No fieldwork will be conducted during this workshop. No bats will be handled at this workshop. (Participants do not need rabies pre-exposure vaccination.)
Acoustic Equipment: Please bring any personal bat detector(s), recorder(s), and connecting cables you have. Our workshops do not limit the participants to one brand of full-spectrum detector, since SonoBat is designed to work equally well with any WAV audio file output. Some of the detector models we will have on hand for participants to borrow, include: Pettersson D100, D240x, D500x, D1000x, Binary Acoustic Technologies AR125, FR125, iFR-V, Batbox Baton, Wildlife Acoustics SM2BAT192/384, SM2BAT+, and EM3. Bring your own detector to become more familiar with its setup. We will have sample data to process during the course, but you are encouraged to bring a subset of your own data to analyze. If you have time-stamped bat recordings in *.WAV format bring them on a jump drive or other digital storage device. Students with bat call recordings that include a corresponding GPX track from mobile transect inventories can bring these as well to post-process using the Myotisoft Transecticizer. Please note that while frequency-division technology (a.k.a. zero-cross recordings in AnaBat format) will be mentioned and even demonstrated during this workshop, a comprehensive look at AnaLook and related workflow is well beyond the scope of this SonoBat software workshop and will not be presented in detail.
Meals: Buffet dinners on 11 and 12th, and buffet lunches on 12 and 13 are included. Morning coffee/tea and lunch on the 12 and 13th are also included with the registration fee. Please indicate below if you require vegetarian meals. All other meals are "on your own".
How to Register: Please select options below and order online. If you are registering multiple people, please add each person individually to your shopping cart: Please also mention any special topics you are definitely interested in the text box provided on the checkout screen.
Please note logistics force us to limit workshop attendance. Registration and payment is required to reserve your slot! Full payment must be received before February 1, 2013 to confirm your reservation. Reservations cannot be held without payment. After February 1, reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis if space is still available. Daily rates for this event are not available. Fee is not refundable after February 1, 2013 but registration is transferable to another participant for this Albany workshop only.