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Sample Bat Acoustic Projects

BCM's footprint for bat acoustic monitoring studies spans FL, PA, NY, NJ, WV, AZ, MO, IL, MD, CA, NV, UT, and others. Below are some representative examples . . .

Projects:

2012 - Capture and Acoustic Field Survey for the US Army Corps of Engineers (Illinois/Missouri), involving site selection for capture and acoustic inventories designed to assess management needs for T&E bats, data collection, and reviewing, vetting and reporting results for over 120 bats captured and 12,000 echolocation call recordings collected.

2014 - Acoustic Field survey to assess Myotis leibii habitat along a proposed PA Power and Light, ROW near Wilkes-Barre PA: Over 190 bat-detectors, collecting and analyzing over 90,000 recordings from nearly 6,000 hours of monitoring. Client: A BCM Partner Consulting Agency

2016 - Allegheny Mountain Bat Study near Somerset, PA. Nineteen simultaneous acoustic monitoring stations were maintained continuously for four months collecting over 40,000 files containing bat calls with over 14,000 hours of monitoring. Myotis-class files were compared between three different project areas to determine relatively activity. Client: A BCM Partner Consulting Agency

2016 - Acoustic Field Survey for the Natick Soldier Systems Center near Boston, MA. Four (4) acoustic sites were established near locations suggested by the NSSC within the installation for a combined total of 248 monitoring nights, yielding a total of 28,416 confirmed bat passes. Utilizing an acoustic software program with auto classification followed by manual analysis by an expert acoustic bat analyst, a total of six bat species were confirmed.

2016 - Capture and Acoustic Field Survey for the Sky Island Alliance and USDA Forest Service to survey bat occurrence at man-made wetlands designed for the recovery of the Chiricahua Leopard frog in Rucker Canyon (Chiricahua Mountains) AZ; site selection for capture and acoustic inventories over a 3-site, 5- night period; over 230 acoustic monitoring hours, 20 capture survey hours, over 170 bats captured and 7,700 echolocation call recordings analyzed and manually vetted.

2017 - Florida Bonneted Bat Acoustic Surveys, Punta Gorda, FL. 2017. BCM biologists conducted presence/absence acoustic surveys and provided expert call analysis reporting for the endangered Florida bonneted bat in central and southern Florida. 13 detectors recorded for several weeks generating over 20,000 files containing bat calls. Client: Florida Power and Light

2017 - Florida Bonneted Bat Acoustic Surveys, Punta Gorda, FL. 2017. BCM biologists conducted presence/absence acoustic surveys and provided expert call analysis reporting for the endangered Florida bonneted bat in central and southern Florida. 16 detectors recorded for several weeks generating over 25,000 files containing bat calls. Client: Private 

2017 - Florida Bonneted Bat Acoustic Surveys, Westin, FL. 2017. BCM biologists conducted presence/absence acoustic surveys and provided expert call analysis reporting for the endangered Florida bonneted bat in southern Florida. 2 detectors recorded for several weeks generating over 5,000 files containing bat calls. Client: A BCM Partner Consulting Agency

2018 - Florida Bonneted Bat Acoustic Surveys, Hialeah, FL. 2018. BCM biologists conducted presence/absence acoustic surveys and provided expert call analysis reporting for the endangered Florida bonneted bat in southern Florida. 3 detectors recorded for several weeks generating over 5,000 files containing bat calls. Client: A BCM Partner Consulting Agency

2019 - Florida Bonneted Bat Acoustic Data Analysis. Analysis of bat species presence for 8 sites spanning multiple nights consisting of thousands of recordings. Client: A BCM Partner Consulting Agency

2018 - Florida Bonneted Bat Acoustic Data Analysis. Analysis of bat species presence for 1600 recordings. Client: South Florida Water Management District

2017 - Capture and Acoustic Field Survey for the Sky Island Alliance and Audubon-Whitell Research Ranch to survey bat occurrence at managed wetlands designed for mitigation to aid recovery of the Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Santa Cruz County, Arizona); site selection for capture and acoustic inventories of a 4-site; 7-night period with over 12 capture survey hours and 272 acoustic survey hours, where 12 individual bats of three species were captured and nearly 4,000 individual bat passes were recorded and almost 2,800 were confidently identified to 14 different species.

2018 - Acoustic Field Survey at the Audubon-Whitell Research Ranch to study the effect of low power acoustic deterrents on bat activity. Four detectors were recording for nearly a month generating thousands of recording manually reviewed to species. Client Electric Power Research Institute

2016 - Acoustic Analysis of nearly 600 full-spectrum echolocation call recordings from 17 passive monitoring deployments and 2 mobile transects for the Environmental Research Group, LLC of Bainbridge GA. The analysis included auto-classification outputs from SonoBat4 (NE) and KaliedoscopePRO with manual vetting of both results to document six common eastern bat species. Client: A BCM Partner Consulting Agency

2017 - Manual Vetting of nearly 400 full-spectrum echolocation call recordings, representing almost 500 individual bat passes, from select monitoring locations during the years of 2014 thru 2016 for the Canadian Wildlife Service, Northern Conservation Division, Whitehorse YT. Analysis included auto-classification outputs from SonoBat4 (WY) with manual vetting to confirm the presence of four (4) bat species including three (3) common northwestern Myotis species. Client: A BCM Partner Consulting Agency

US Route 219 AMLF Trapping in Pennsylvania, Fall 2017

US Route 219 AMLF Trapping in Pennsylvania, Fall 2016

US Route 219 AMLF Trapping in Pennsylvania, Fall 2015

US Route 219 AMLF Trapping in Pennsylvania, Fall 2014

Presented the Acoustic Data Management Course in Wells, Maine at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve April 2016

Presented the Acoustic Data Management Course in Duluth, MN at the University of MN-Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute March 2016

Presented the Acoustic Data Management Course in Harrisburg, PA October 2017

Presented the Acoustic Data Management Course in Harrisburg, PA October 2016

Presented the Acoustic Data Management Course in Harrisburg, PA October 2015

Presented “Bat Detectors and Acoustic Survey Protocols” workshop for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in Dixon IA, June 2015

Presented “Bat Survey Protocols: A Field Training Workshop for National Parks Service Staff” in Park City KY, September 2015

I-80 WB Rockfall Mitigation Project, New Jersey 2017

2015 Bat Survey Efforts for U.S. Naval District, Washington, Indian Head Proving Ground, King George County, Maryland

2015 Bat Survey Efforts for U.S. Naval District, Washington, Naval Support Facility, Dahlgren Division, Virginia

Acoustic Bat Surveys NSF Dahlgren, July 2016

Acoustic Bat Surveys NSF Annapolis, July 2016

Acoustic Bat Surveys NSF Carderock, July 2016

Northern Access National Fuels Acoustic Monitoring Project, NY 2016, 110 sites (220+ nights)

Raven Rock Mountain Complex, PA, 2016

PPL Electric Utilities Corporation Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project; Eastern Small-footed Myotis Emergence Survey, 2014, PA, 100+ sites

2016 Allegheny Tunnel Acoustic Project,  PA 2016, 19 sites deployed for multiple months

2017 Seneca Army Depot Energy Project, NY

Mount Hope Mine Fall Trapping & Acoustic, 2015

Mount Hope Mine Fall Trapping & Acoustic, 2016 

Rt. 11 Bat Acoustic Survey, CT,  2012

Acoustic Monitoring at Pine Hill, New York. Spring, Summer and Fall acoustic monitoring at up to 8 stations simultaneously spanning months

Acoustic Monitoring at Bear Creek, Pennsylvania. Fall acoustic monitoring at 3 stations simultaneously spanning weeks
 

Clients:

  • PA Department of Transportation
  • PA Turnpike Commission
  • WV Department of Transportation
  • USDA Forest Service
  • US Army
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Natural gas corporations
  • The Heritage Conservancy
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Wind energy corporations
  • Vermont Fish and Wildlife
  • Bat Conservation International
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