Eastern Bat Acoustic Field
The SonoBat software package, developed by Joe Szewczak (Arcata CA), is one of the premiere bat echolocation signal analysis packages available to display, analyze, and discriminate between bat calls. The Eastern Field Techniques Workshop in Park City takes advantage of the local habitat diversity in the rolling hills of western Kentucky to highlight a variety of acoustic monitoring techniques relevant to bat inventories in eastern woodlands. These inventories are becoming even more important in the wake of the rampant spread of White-nose Syndrome (WNS) among the region's bats. This workshop addresses critical bat research needs by providing intensive training in the use and implementation of SonoBat for recording bat echolocation calls and designing acoustic inventories that emphasize full-spectrum acoustic techniques as recommended by the new USFWS guidelines for Wind and Wildlife and Indiana bat surveys when species ID is important.
Location and Directions: Park Mammoth Resort, Park City, Kentucky. To be explicit and avoid confusion, be aware that Park Mammoth Resort is not afilliated with the adjacent Mammoth Cave National Park. Please see map at http://www.parkmammothresort.us/contact.htm
Dates and times: September 6 (Thursday) thru September 9 (Sunday). Check in begins at noon on September 6, at the Park Mammoth Resort conference room. The first classroom session begins promptly at 1pm. Formal presentations will conclude by noon on Sunday September 9.
General Equipment: Participants need to bring appropriate field gear, including hiking boots, a headlamp with batteries, a personal pack, and a water bottle. Participants will not handle bats at this workshop, so participants do not need rabies pre-exposure vaccination. Field locations may be cool in the fall, please bring a jacket and dress appropriately for evening activities. We will be visiting natural cave entrances, but not physically entering them, therefore WNS decontamination is optional.
Acoustic Equipment: Please bring your personal bat recording gear, laptops and connecting cables. We will have a number of full-spectrum bat detectors available including a number of Pettersson D240x and D500x detectors for participants to borrow. We will also have several Wildlife Acoustics SM2(+) and EM3 units available. There will be smaller numbers of Pettersson D1000x, Binary Acoustic Technology AR125s, and an Elekon Batlogger to demo. Functional trials of SonoBat 3 will be available to install on your laptop prior to the workshop so you will be quickly up and running.
Of course, if you are already invested in a detector, do bring it. Being familiar with the basic operation of your detector and successfully test connecting to your laptop prior to the workshop is helpful. Please bring a memory stick 2GB or larger. One field trip will include a driving transect; if you plan you use your own equipment during this exercise consider power and portability issues.
AnaBat users that are interested in the full spectrum detectors and SonoBat workflow are welcome. However, bear in mind that SonoBat is not compatible with AnaBat recordings. AnaBat software and workflow necessitates it's own dedicated workshop to cover comprehensively and therefore will not be formally covered at this workshop due to time constraints.
Meals: Dinners on 6th, 7th, and 8th are included with the registration fee. Lunches are provided on the 7th and 8th. Please indicate below if you require vegetarian meals. All other meals are "on your own". Many restaurant options are available within 15 minutes of Park Mammoth Resort, and Park Mammoth does have a restaurant open for breakfast every day.
One session: September 6-9 (Thursday-Sunday). Class size: Limited to 20 students. Location: Park Mammoth Resort, Park City, KY.
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 in 1992. She has been extensively trained by BCI founder, Merlin D. Tuttle. Over the years, she has personally taught over 1,500 wildlife biologists, land managers, and students of conservation in the course of presenting over 100 field workshops. She currently oversees all training and instruction at BCI's Arizona, California, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania locations. She continues to be involved with many aspects of BCI's workshop program and its growth as a contract employee, a position she has held from September 2002 to the present. She has also contracted with other federal and state agencies, including the USDA Forest Service, USDI National Park Service and the Department of Defense to conduct custom training workshops for directors, staff, seasonal employees, and volunteers.
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. He has also served as Director of Interpretation at Laurel Caverns for 5 years.
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