Acoustic Software Training Workshop
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 an Acoustic Software Training Workshop at Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted, West Virginia, just minutes from the New River Gorge Bridge and NRA, Fayetteville, and the Gauley River NRA. 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.
One Session: June 9-11, 2014 (Monday afternoon-Wednesday late-afternoon). Class size: Limited to 20 participants. Location: Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia.
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.
Echolocation 101/201-Biology and Technology
Choosing the Right Bat Detector for the Job
Guided Demo: Offloading data from D500x and other common detectors
Guided Demo: Introduction to SonoBat Basic Operations
Call Morphology & Call Characteristics of Northeastern U.S. Bats
Using SonoBat 3.x for Automated Identification
Visualizing Mobile Transects
Workflow for Using FS Data With EchoClass, BCID, and Kaleidoscope Pro
The Power of the MS Excel Pivot Table for Interpreting Results
Geek Sessions (optional)
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Location and Directions: The workshop will be held at Hawks Nest State Park, located at Please see map link provided on the Hawks Nest State Park homepage.
Dates: June 9-11 (Monday-Wednesday). Check in starts at noon, program begins promptly at 1 PM.
Airport: The closest airport is Charleston, WV.
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, M500, D1000x, Binary Acoustic Technologies MiniMic, AR125, FR125, iFR-V, Batbox Baton, Wildlife Acoustics SM2BAT192/384, SM2BAT+, SM3, 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: Dinner is provided on Day 1. Lunch and dinner is provided on Day 2, and a final lunch is provided on Day 3. There is a buffet breakfast included for guests overnighting onsite at the Hawks Nest Lodge. All other meals are on your own.The Hawks Nest Restaurant menu can be viewed here.
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.
2014 Acoustic Software Workshop
Cost: $695.00 per participant w/early registration discount
Please note logistics force us to limit workshop attendance. Registration and payment is required to reserve your slot! Full payment must be received before May 10, 2014 to confirm your reservation. Reservations cannot be held without payment. After May 10, 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 May 10, 2014 but registration is transferable to another participant for this workshop only.