A Bat Conservation and Management
John Chenger and Janet Tyburec of Bat Conservation and Management will be offering a 3-hour acoustic workshop on Day 2 of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network annual meeting; Friday February 14 in Nacogdoches, TX from 7 PM until 10PM (at least) at the Quality Inn, Nacogdoches. Ryan Allen (BCID) and Jeff Gruver (WEST, Inc.) will also be presenting topics. This Mini Workshop is part of a series intended to be informative and is not a product marketing event.
The workshop theme is: Using Auto-classifiers to Determine Bat Occupancy - What do the outputs really mean? There will be a short review of echolocation and the physics of high-frequency sound, then the four main U.S. acoustic classifier software programs will be demonstrated. We will then highlight examples of real-world survey projects that rely upon auto-classifier outputs and caveats for why and how to best manually vet the outputs to provide confident occupancy results. These discussions are based on our experiences with recently collected field data from across the eastern U.S. and demonstrate the risk researchers expose themselves to by relying on results from a single classifier and/or without reviewing the computer generated results for accuracy.
An informal geek session/social immediately follows the formal presentations, which will provide opportunity for 1-on-1 assistance using classifiers and obtaining more information about acoustic hardware and survey techniques. There is no charge for SBDN members to attend this workshop, but we are requesting that interested attendees register to facilitate our logistics. Reserve your spot in the session today using the "add to cart" link below.
The Quality Inn is one of the designated conference hotels for the SBDN meeting and is located at 3400 South Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75964