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{"id":6682722959463,"title":"Bat Capture \u0026 Handling Workshop (KY) August 24-27, 2023","handle":"bat-survey-workshop","description":"\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAfter reserving a spot in our workshop, please complete the \u003ca title=\"bat workshop registration\" href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/pages\/registration\"\u003eWorkshop Participant Pre-Survey for each attendee\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cem\u003e.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cstrong data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eBat Capture \u0026amp; Handling Workshop • \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCave City, KY\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cdiv title=\"Page 1\" class=\"page\"\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e 3 nights of netting at cave \u0026amp; forest settings August 24-27, 2023\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e \"Bat Night\" experience\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eHands-on net, \u0026amp; trap setup and teardown\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eEastern bat ID \u0026amp; handling\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eMeasuring, banding, photography, and data management\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003eOur workshop location is in the geologically world-class sinkhole plain of western Kentucky, which includes extraordinary Mammoth Cave National Park. At over 450 \u003cem\u003e-miles-\u003c\/em\u003e of surveyed passage, \u003cstrong\u003eMammoth Cave is without question the longest cave in the world.\u003c\/strong\u003e Our field work contributes to important ongoing long-term research and will acquaint us with a diversity of eastern bat species near caves and forest stream settings. At this time of year we will have opportunity to witness the spectacular fall swarming behavior of thousands of gray myotis outside of a restored hibernacula. Saturday night participate in Mammoth Cave's annual Bat Night public program event for an extra field opportunity to handle bats.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003eThe course curriculum combines a combination of classroom discussions, demonstrations, and night-time field work designed to provide a solid foundation in  species identification, bat handling, netting and trapping techniques, and night vision observation. The KY training workshop will focus on the differing needs of up to 10 bat species known from the area and will highlight diverse research and inventory techniques appropriate for each species of bat to obtain the most robust and accurate survey results.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eDates\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cem\u003e:\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e Thursday August 24 thru Sunday August 27, 2023. Training begins promptly at 10 am on Day 1 and will end at the conclusion of the night field trip (midnight) on the last day. Saturday August 26 \"Bat Night\" experience where you may assist capturing bats with BCM and Mammoth Cave staff during a special public program. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eScheduled Lecture and\/or Demonstration Topics: \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eDaytimes include in-person classroom lectures and live demonstrations. Note this workshop does not visit the interior of any caves; please consider arriving a day early or staying a day later to visit one of the numerous tour options inside Mammoth Cave. You may also be interested in our \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/collections\/events\/products\/bat-acoustic-monitoring-workshop\"\u003eSonoBat Acoustic Monitoring Workshop\u003c\/a\u003e following this event, and the Bat Management Workshop prior to this event.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eCapture Techniques: 1H Mist Nets, 2H Mist Nets, and 3H Mist Nets, Harp Traps and Other Methods\u003cbr\u003eMorphological Identification of Eastern U.S. Bat Species\u003cbr\u003eMicrositing, setting, demobilizing, maintaining, and WNS decon\u003cbr\u003eMonitoring Bats Using Video, Night-Vision and Thermal Cameras\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e \u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cstrong data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eBat Acoustic Hardware and Software:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e We offer another workshop in the same location specifically for bat acoustic monitoring. Students are welcome to bring or their own or borrow BCM bat detectors as desired, but no formal instruction is on the agenda. Participants will be given a full working trial of the SonoBatLIVE software to use.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"CFH2De\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eMeeting\/Lecture Location:\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003eHampton Inn Cave City conference room, 803 Sanders St, Cave City, KY 42127\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan aria-hidden=\"true\" class=\"AQSwS CFH2De\"\u003e•\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan dir=\"ltr\" class=\"CFH2De\"\u003e(270) 773-7300. \u003cem\u003eThis is an IN PERSON training and no modules are available online. This workshop is not presented at Mammoth Cave National Park, only certain field research visits are in the park. \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eAirport(s):\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003eThe most convenient airport is Nashville International Airport (BNA), which is about 2 hours by vehicle and in Central Time zone (same as Park Mammoth). Louisville International Airport (SDF) and Blue Grass Airport in Lexington (LEX) are 2-3 hours away respectively \u003cem\u003ebut are in Eastern Time zone.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eLodging\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cem\u003e:\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003eLodging is \u003cem\u003enot\u003c\/em\u003e included in the cost of this training. Participants are encouraged to make their own lodging arrangements, either at the host venue the Hampton Inn Cave City, or other affordable nearby outlets. Other inexpensive chain hotels are located immediately nearby in \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.google.com\/search?client=safari\u0026amp;rls=en\u0026amp;q=motels+in+cave+city,+ky\u0026amp;npsic=0\u0026amp;rflfq=1\u0026amp;tbm=lcl\u0026amp;sa=X\u0026amp;ved=0ahUKEwiRgNWesN_JAhUCsxQKHTwZBiAQtgMIRg\"\u003eCave City\u003c\/a\u003e (Baymont Inn is an older hotel but clean in the under $100\/night range) and RV or tent camping is available nearby at \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.diamondcaverns.com\/\"\u003eDiamond Caverns\u003c\/a\u003e or \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.nps.gov\/maca\/planyourvisit\/macacampground.htm\"\u003eMammoth Cave National Park.\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eMeals\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cem\u003e:\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003e Meals are not provided during this workshop, however generous breaks and a number of food options are within walking distance from the Hampton Inn. Coffee and tea service will be available during daytimes, as is filtered water.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003ePre-course Preparation:\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003eThere is no pre-requisite for this training. The curriculum, demonstrations, and field practicums are designed to provide an overview of bat survey methods for North American species. Students should be prepared to hike over uneven terrain, at night, carrying personal gear and up to 50-pounds of field gear. Students must bring personal field gear including headlamps, appropriate clothing, bat handling gloves, and footwear for working outdoors, and basic personal items. Insect repellent for chiggers, ticks, and mosquitos is strongly advised, and poison ivy is present throughout the park. All survey equipment for capturing bats is provided.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003eApproximately ten-days prior to the start of class, students will receive a complete list of what to bring and how to prepare for class, but feel free to \u003ca href=\"mailto:jchenger@batmanagement.com\"\u003econtact us\u003c\/a\u003e at any time if you have specific questions about the class or how to prepare.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003eNo prior bat-work experience is necessary. \u003cem\u003eStudents wishing to handle bats must obtain the rabies pre-exposure vaccination\u003c\/em\u003e. The vaccine is at least two doses over several weeks that must be started at least two-months prior to class. Those already vaccinated can provide acceptable titre results or proof of recent booster. Those not vaccinated for rabies will not be permitted to handle bats, but may still take the course and gain bat ID experience.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eHow to Register: \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003ePlease register by ordering online on this page. NOTE: \u003cem\u003eTo register multiple people, please checkout each person individually so that we can obtain the proper contact information for each participant. Student discount does not apply to consulting agencies. Registration is not refundable after August 1, but is transferable. \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003eAll participants are expected to have personal insurance coverage. All participants are expected to sign a liability waiver and photo release at the start of the workshop.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eInstructors:\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJohn Chenger\u003c\/strong\u003e formed BCM in 1998 to provide bat-specific surveys nationwide, successful artificial bat roosts, and field gear. John’s experience includes thousands of hours underground, mapping, photographing, and winter inventorying caves and mines. Above ground experience includes summer and fall bat capture surveys, abandoned mine and cave assessments, and rocky habitat assessments. John is an expert in bat echolocation call analysis throughout North America. His first experience with radio tracking spring migrating Indiana bats was in 2000, and in 2019 he led a massive fall project coordinating up to 15 ground and air trackers. Since 2004 he has been a recurring instructor at nationwide training workshops offered by Bat Conservation International and Bat Survey Solutions. Other work included the Pennsylvania Game Commission, professional photographer \u0026amp; videographer, and Director of Interpretation at a commercial cave.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKeith Christenson\u003c\/strong\u003e is a wildlife biologist who primarily works with bats.\u003cspan\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003eBeginning as a sport caver in 1989, he started drifting into cave science, and then more specifically hibernating bats, before returning to Penn State University to complete a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science.\u003cspan\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003eCurrently, he is a Wildlife Biologist at Sanders Environmental, performing work related to locating the foraging and roosting locations of endangered bats across the eastern United States.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAlong with his work in the US, Keith has lived overseas in five different countries and participated in dozens of international expeditions related to caves and\/or bats, usually as the team biologist and still photographer.\u003cspan\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003eAlong the way, he has been on more than 1000 cave trips and had the opportunity to work with thousands of bats from over 40 different genera.\u003cspan\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003eHis photography has been used by National Geographic, Shutterbug Magazine, and many other publications relating to caves and bats.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eTodd Sinander \u003c\/strong\u003eis a Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager with BCM since 2010 who coordinates surveys with agencies and landowners across the Eastern US. 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charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAfter reserving a spot in our workshop, please complete the \u003ca title=\"bat workshop registration\" href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/pages\/registration\"\u003eWorkshop Participant Pre-Survey for each attendee\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cem\u003e.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cstrong data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eBat Capture \u0026amp; Handling Workshop • \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCave City, KY\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cdiv title=\"Page 1\" class=\"page\"\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e 3 nights of netting at cave \u0026amp; forest settings August 24-27, 2023\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e \"Bat Night\" experience\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eHands-on net, \u0026amp; trap setup and teardown\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eEastern bat ID \u0026amp; handling\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cb\u003eMeasuring, banding, photography, and data management\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003eOur workshop location is in the geologically world-class sinkhole plain of western Kentucky, which includes extraordinary Mammoth Cave National Park. At over 450 \u003cem\u003e-miles-\u003c\/em\u003e of surveyed passage, \u003cstrong\u003eMammoth Cave is without question the longest cave in the world.\u003c\/strong\u003e Our field work contributes to important ongoing long-term research and will acquaint us with a diversity of eastern bat species near caves and forest stream settings. At this time of year we will have opportunity to witness the spectacular fall swarming behavior of thousands of gray myotis outside of a restored hibernacula. Saturday night participate in Mammoth Cave's annual Bat Night public program event for an extra field opportunity to handle bats.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003eThe course curriculum combines a combination of classroom discussions, demonstrations, and night-time field work designed to provide a solid foundation in  species identification, bat handling, netting and trapping techniques, and night vision observation. The KY training workshop will focus on the differing needs of up to 10 bat species known from the area and will highlight diverse research and inventory techniques appropriate for each species of bat to obtain the most robust and accurate survey results.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eDates\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cem\u003e:\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e Thursday August 24 thru Sunday August 27, 2023. Training begins promptly at 10 am on Day 1 and will end at the conclusion of the night field trip (midnight) on the last day. Saturday August 26 \"Bat Night\" experience where you may assist capturing bats with BCM and Mammoth Cave staff during a special public program. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eScheduled Lecture and\/or Demonstration Topics: \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eDaytimes include in-person classroom lectures and live demonstrations. Note this workshop does not visit the interior of any caves; please consider arriving a day early or staying a day later to visit one of the numerous tour options inside Mammoth Cave. You may also be interested in our \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/collections\/events\/products\/bat-acoustic-monitoring-workshop\"\u003eSonoBat Acoustic Monitoring Workshop\u003c\/a\u003e following this event, and the Bat Management Workshop prior to this event.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eCapture Techniques: 1H Mist Nets, 2H Mist Nets, and 3H Mist Nets, Harp Traps and Other Methods\u003cbr\u003eMorphological Identification of Eastern U.S. Bat Species\u003cbr\u003eMicrositing, setting, demobilizing, maintaining, and WNS decon\u003cbr\u003eMonitoring Bats Using Video, Night-Vision and Thermal Cameras\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e \u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cstrong data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eBat Acoustic Hardware and Software:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e We offer another workshop in the same location specifically for bat acoustic monitoring. Students are welcome to bring or their own or borrow BCM bat detectors as desired, but no formal instruction is on the agenda. Participants will be given a full working trial of the SonoBatLIVE software to use.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"CFH2De\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eMeeting\/Lecture Location:\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003eHampton Inn Cave City conference room, 803 Sanders St, Cave City, KY 42127\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan aria-hidden=\"true\" class=\"AQSwS CFH2De\"\u003e•\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan dir=\"ltr\" class=\"CFH2De\"\u003e(270) 773-7300. \u003cem\u003eThis is an IN PERSON training and no modules are available online. This workshop is not presented at Mammoth Cave National Park, only certain field research visits are in the park. \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eAirport(s):\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003eThe most convenient airport is Nashville International Airport (BNA), which is about 2 hours by vehicle and in Central Time zone (same as Park Mammoth). Louisville International Airport (SDF) and Blue Grass Airport in Lexington (LEX) are 2-3 hours away respectively \u003cem\u003ebut are in Eastern Time zone.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eLodging\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cem\u003e:\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003eLodging is \u003cem\u003enot\u003c\/em\u003e included in the cost of this training. Participants are encouraged to make their own lodging arrangements, either at the host venue the Hampton Inn Cave City, or other affordable nearby outlets. Other inexpensive chain hotels are located immediately nearby in \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.google.com\/search?client=safari\u0026amp;rls=en\u0026amp;q=motels+in+cave+city,+ky\u0026amp;npsic=0\u0026amp;rflfq=1\u0026amp;tbm=lcl\u0026amp;sa=X\u0026amp;ved=0ahUKEwiRgNWesN_JAhUCsxQKHTwZBiAQtgMIRg\"\u003eCave City\u003c\/a\u003e (Baymont Inn is an older hotel but clean in the under $100\/night range) and RV or tent camping is available nearby at \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.diamondcaverns.com\/\"\u003eDiamond Caverns\u003c\/a\u003e or \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.nps.gov\/maca\/planyourvisit\/macacampground.htm\"\u003eMammoth Cave National Park.\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eMeals\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cem\u003e:\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003e Meals are not provided during this workshop, however generous breaks and a number of food options are within walking distance from the Hampton Inn. Coffee and tea service will be available during daytimes, as is filtered water.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003ePre-course Preparation:\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003eThere is no pre-requisite for this training. The curriculum, demonstrations, and field practicums are designed to provide an overview of bat survey methods for North American species. Students should be prepared to hike over uneven terrain, at night, carrying personal gear and up to 50-pounds of field gear. Students must bring personal field gear including headlamps, appropriate clothing, bat handling gloves, and footwear for working outdoors, and basic personal items. Insect repellent for chiggers, ticks, and mosquitos is strongly advised, and poison ivy is present throughout the park. All survey equipment for capturing bats is provided.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003eApproximately ten-days prior to the start of class, students will receive a complete list of what to bring and how to prepare for class, but feel free to \u003ca href=\"mailto:jchenger@batmanagement.com\"\u003econtact us\u003c\/a\u003e at any time if you have specific questions about the class or how to prepare.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003eNo prior bat-work experience is necessary. \u003cem\u003eStudents wishing to handle bats must obtain the rabies pre-exposure vaccination\u003c\/em\u003e. The vaccine is at least two doses over several weeks that must be started at least two-months prior to class. Those already vaccinated can provide acceptable titre results or proof of recent booster. Those not vaccinated for rabies will not be permitted to handle bats, but may still take the course and gain bat ID experience.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eHow to Register: \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003ePlease register by ordering online on this page. NOTE: \u003cem\u003eTo register multiple people, please checkout each person individually so that we can obtain the proper contact information for each participant. Student discount does not apply to consulting agencies. Registration is not refundable after August 1, but is transferable. \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003eAll participants are expected to have personal insurance coverage. 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His first experience with radio tracking spring migrating Indiana bats was in 2000, and in 2019 he led a massive fall project coordinating up to 15 ground and air trackers. 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Bat Capture & Handling Workshop (KY) August 24-27, 2023

Product Description
$2,895.00
Maximum quantity available reached.

After reserving a spot in our workshop, please complete the Workshop Participant Pre-Survey for each attendee.


Bat Capture & Handling Workshop • Cave City, KY

  • 3 nights of netting at cave & forest settings August 24-27, 2023
  •  "Bat Night" experience
  • Hands-on net, & trap setup and teardown
  • Eastern bat ID & handling
  • Measuring, banding, photography, and data management


Our workshop location is in the geologically world-class sinkhole plain of western Kentucky, which includes extraordinary Mammoth Cave National Park. At over 450 -miles- of surveyed passage, Mammoth Cave is without question the longest cave in the world. Our field work contributes to important ongoing long-term research and will acquaint us with a diversity of eastern bat species near caves and forest stream settings. At this time of year we will have opportunity to witness the spectacular fall swarming behavior of thousands of gray myotis outside of a restored hibernacula. Saturday night participate in Mammoth Cave's annual Bat Night public program event for an extra field opportunity to handle bats.

The course curriculum combines a combination of classroom discussions, demonstrations, and night-time field work designed to provide a solid foundation in  species identification, bat handling, netting and trapping techniques, and night vision observation. The KY training workshop will focus on the differing needs of up to 10 bat species known from the area and will highlight diverse research and inventory techniques appropriate for each species of bat to obtain the most robust and accurate survey results.

Dates: Thursday August 24 thru Sunday August 27, 2023. Training begins promptly at 10 am on Day 1 and will end at the conclusion of the night field trip (midnight) on the last day. Saturday August 26 "Bat Night" experience where you may assist capturing bats with BCM and Mammoth Cave staff during a special public program. 

Scheduled Lecture and/or Demonstration Topics: Daytimes include in-person classroom lectures and live demonstrations. Note this workshop does not visit the interior of any caves; please consider arriving a day early or staying a day later to visit one of the numerous tour options inside Mammoth Cave. You may also be interested in our SonoBat Acoustic Monitoring Workshop following this event, and the Bat Management Workshop prior to this event.

Capture Techniques: 1H Mist Nets, 2H Mist Nets, and 3H Mist Nets, Harp Traps and Other Methods
Morphological Identification of Eastern U.S. Bat Species
Micrositing, setting, demobilizing, maintaining, and WNS decon
Monitoring Bats Using Video, Night-Vision and Thermal Cameras

 Bat Acoustic Hardware and Software: We offer another workshop in the same location specifically for bat acoustic monitoring. Students are welcome to bring or their own or borrow BCM bat detectors as desired, but no formal instruction is on the agenda. Participants will be given a full working trial of the SonoBatLIVE software to use.

Meeting/Lecture Location: Hampton Inn Cave City conference room, 803 Sanders St, Cave City, KY 42127(270) 773-7300. This is an IN PERSON training and no modules are available online. This workshop is not presented at Mammoth Cave National Park, only certain field research visits are in the park. 

Airport(s): The most convenient airport is Nashville International Airport (BNA), which is about 2 hours by vehicle and in Central Time zone (same as Park Mammoth). Louisville International Airport (SDF) and Blue Grass Airport in Lexington (LEX) are 2-3 hours away respectively but are in Eastern Time zone.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of this training. Participants are encouraged to make their own lodging arrangements, either at the host venue the Hampton Inn Cave City, or other affordable nearby outlets. Other inexpensive chain hotels are located immediately nearby in Cave City (Baymont Inn is an older hotel but clean in the under $100/night range) and RV or tent camping is available nearby at Diamond Caverns or Mammoth Cave National Park.

Meals:  Meals are not provided during this workshop, however generous breaks and a number of food options are within walking distance from the Hampton Inn. Coffee and tea service will be available during daytimes, as is filtered water.

Pre-course Preparation: There is no pre-requisite for this training. The curriculum, demonstrations, and field practicums are designed to provide an overview of bat survey methods for North American species. Students should be prepared to hike over uneven terrain, at night, carrying personal gear and up to 50-pounds of field gear. Students must bring personal field gear including headlamps, appropriate clothing, bat handling gloves, and footwear for working outdoors, and basic personal items. Insect repellent for chiggers, ticks, and mosquitos is strongly advised, and poison ivy is present throughout the park. All survey equipment for capturing bats is provided.

Approximately ten-days prior to the start of class, students will receive a complete list of what to bring and how to prepare for class, but feel free to contact us at any time if you have specific questions about the class or how to prepare.

No prior bat-work experience is necessary. Students wishing to handle bats must obtain the rabies pre-exposure vaccination. The vaccine is at least two doses over several weeks that must be started at least two-months prior to class. Those already vaccinated can provide acceptable titre results or proof of recent booster. Those not vaccinated for rabies will not be permitted to handle bats, but may still take the course and gain bat ID experience.

How to Register: Please register by ordering online on this page. NOTE: To register multiple people, please checkout each person individually so that we can obtain the proper contact information for each participant. Student discount does not apply to consulting agencies. Registration is not refundable after August 1, but is transferable. 

All participants are expected to have personal insurance coverage. All participants are expected to sign a liability waiver and photo release at the start of the workshop.

 

Instructors:

John Chenger formed BCM in 1998 to provide bat-specific surveys nationwide, successful artificial bat roosts, and field gear. John’s experience includes thousands of hours underground, mapping, photographing, and winter inventorying caves and mines. Above ground experience includes summer and fall bat capture surveys, abandoned mine and cave assessments, and rocky habitat assessments. John is an expert in bat echolocation call analysis throughout North America. His first experience with radio tracking spring migrating Indiana bats was in 2000, and in 2019 he led a massive fall project coordinating up to 15 ground and air trackers. Since 2004 he has been a recurring instructor at nationwide training workshops offered by Bat Conservation International and Bat Survey Solutions. Other work included the Pennsylvania Game Commission, professional photographer & videographer, and Director of Interpretation at a commercial cave.

 

Keith Christenson is a wildlife biologist who primarily works with bats.  Beginning as a sport caver in 1989, he started drifting into cave science, and then more specifically hibernating bats, before returning to Penn State University to complete a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science.  Currently, he is a Wildlife Biologist at Sanders Environmental, performing work related to locating the foraging and roosting locations of endangered bats across the eastern United States.

Along with his work in the US, Keith has lived overseas in five different countries and participated in dozens of international expeditions related to caves and/or bats, usually as the team biologist and still photographer.  Along the way, he has been on more than 1000 cave trips and had the opportunity to work with thousands of bats from over 40 different genera.  His photography has been used by National Geographic, Shutterbug Magazine, and many other publications relating to caves and bats.

 

Todd Sinander is a Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager with BCM since 2010 who coordinates surveys with agencies and landowners across the Eastern US. He conducts mist net, acoustic monitoring, hibernacula assessments, and radio tracking surveys for USFWS compliance and other research projects. He conducts forest and rocky habitat assessments for pre-construction surveys. In addition to bats, Todd is an expert assessing and trapping Allegheny woodrats. Prior work was 20 years as Lead Small Mammal Keeper at the Philadelphia Zoo, and a brief stint as a NY DEC Fish and Wildlife Technician.


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If you live in PA, you will be charged sales tax according to your state’s sales tax rules.  Tax Exempt Businesses/Organizations in PA only: contact us to place your order (717-241-2228). Please have your tax exempt number.

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You may return new, unopened items sold within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Shirts, hats, and mugs are made to order and are not returnable.

When will I get my refund?
Most refunds are fully refunded in 3-5 business days after we receive and process your return.

Does BCM do replacements?
We can only replace the exact item and version you ordered, and you are responsible to return the damaged item within 30 days. If you want to exchange for a different item, you will need to return the item and place a new order.

Pettersson D500x and M500 Bat Detectors Return and Exchange Policy
All detectors are tested by BCM staff before shipping to customers. Please contact BCM first detailing the issue you are having with the hardware and obtain a Return Authorization. Should email or phone troubleshooting fail to resolve the issue, you should send the unit in suitable packaging to BCM, with the RA number written on the packaging.

BCM will confirm the unit is defective was not abused or water damaged. BCM will replace the unit at our discretion usually within one week. Units requiring repairs may take 6-8 weeks.

Pettersson factory warranty is one year.

D500x External Microphone Return Policy
All microphones are tested by BCM staff before shipping to customers. Please contact BCM first detailing the issue you are having with the Microphone and obtain a Return Authorization. Should email or phone troubleshooting fail to resolve the issue, you should send the unit in suitable packaging to BCM, with the RA number written on the packaging.

DOA microphones are replaced immediately at no charge. There is a $150 for refurbishing used microphones, shipped immediately if in stock.

Electronics
Electronics purchased from BCM are easily returned within 30 days of receipt of shipment. These items must be in new condition with original packaging and accessories. All bat detectors sold by BCM are supported by the device's manufacturers. In the unlikely event a detector appears to be defective, please contact the customer support network for the computer manufacturer to have it serviced under warranty. Pettersson D500x/M500 devices have specific policies, see above.

Software
Software titles purchased from BCM are easily returned within 30 days of receipt of shipment. These items must be unopened and still in their plastic wrap.

General items

Other items purchased from BCM can only be returned if:

  • The return is packaged and shipped in the original packaging.
  • The items are still in new condition.
  • You ship your return within 30 days of receipt of the original shipment.

Any returns that do not meet the above qualifications may receive a reduced refund or be returned to the purchaser. Some items may incur a restocking fee as these items must be inspected, tested, and repackaged. If a restocking fee applies it will be noted on the product information page.  All returns will be less original shipping costs.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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  • I am getting my rabies vaccines. There is some debate because nobody in my city knows anything about them. I plan on getting two and the CDC recommendations suggest one week apart. What are your suggestions? Thank you in advance.

    I would follow the CDC guidelines or your doctor. Recently the guideline changed from 3 shots to 2.

  • I understand the cost is required to help the conservation Can you give skemkne who is not school or faculty I am active duty navy. I Have been waiting for opportunities. This is a little much. 995. Thank you so much

    Hello - please constact John Chenger jchenger@batmanagement.com with your resume/employment record to determine if we can provide a discount. Thanks- JC

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