Advanced Bat Study
The reality of White-nose Syndrome (WNS) in bats across the Northeast has led to documented declines in bat populations. It has also created significant changes and challenges to bat research that will have ever-expanding implications. In response to growing needs for bat studies, especially in light of the current spread of WNS, Bat Conservation International, Inc. (BCI), Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. (BCM), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are hosting an Advanced Bat Capture Techniques Workshop at the Patuxent Research Refuge.
The Refuge includes one of the largest remaining forested areas in the mid-Atlantic region, with 12,800 acres of wild-lands nestled between the Baltimore-Washington metro area. The facility has been largely un-surveyed for bats, and will give workshop participants valuable, hands-on experiences with designing and carrying out an efficient, comprehensive, effective bat inventory.
This Advanced Capture Techniques Workshop highlights the most current bat research and study techniques in conjunction with WNS decontamination, disinfection, and summer survey protocols adopted by regional state and federal agencies. This course is designed to "put it all together" ensuring that biologists spending time in the field maximize their efforts to take a more meaningful look at the bats on the landscape and collect critical information about remaining populations.
Advanced Bat Study Techniques
Workshop participants will receive hands-on assembly experience with single-, double-, and triple-high mist nets as well as harp traps and deploy arrays of multiple nets and traps each night. Physical captures will be paired with active and passive acoustic monitoring using bat detectors in both stationary and mobile configurations. Each team will share responsibilities for capturing, handling, and identifying bats, collecting echolocation calls, recording low-light, digital video, and data processing on all bats. On-site WNS decontamination protocols will be taught as well as post-inventory gear and equipment disinfection. Note: All participants will be given additional information about how to prepare for WNS activities and what to bring to aid in the decontamination/disinfection requirements.
Participants may attend this course without handling bats to obtain training with audio and video inventories. All participants should bring a laptop with spreadsheet software, presentation software, video-editing software, and acoustic analysis software (optional) to participant in team activities and must also have the following experiences in order to perform the tasks planned during this course:
1. Competency with handling and identifying bats though on-the-job training and/or previous BCI/BCM workshop attendance.
2. Competency with setting single-, double-, and triple-high net sets; and assembling and deploying AustBat and/or BCM harp traps.
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3. Experience with and access to one or more of the following acoustic systems: (a) AnaBat/AnaLook, (b) Pettersson D240x/SonoBat, (c) Pettersson D500x/SonoBat, or (d) BAT AR125/Spect'r
4. Experience with using video recording equipment and video editing software for documenting bat presence.
This workshop is co-led by Janet Tyburec, B.A., (Trinity University, San Antonio TX). Janet was Director of Education Programs at Bat Conservation International, Inc. (Austin TX), for 15 years. She is currently a contract instructor for Bat Conservation International's Bat Conservation and Management Training Workshops in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and California where she teaches wildlife biologists, educators, and other professionals field skills for bat research and conservation. She has worked in the Northeast since 1994 and is currently sobered by the devastation wrought by WNS.
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Meals: One meal is provided on September 7, 8, and 9 included with the registration fee (special dietary needs may be accommodated with advance notice). There is no food service available at the Refuge, and gates are locked after 4:30 PM so please bring snacks. More meal info will be available on Day 1.
Materials: Registration fee includes workshop materials, references, resources, meals as listed above, and a curriculum that covers all agenda topics.