{"id":292654186523,"title":"BatCam Remote Monitoring Kit","handle":"remote-monitoring-kit-batcam","description":"\u003cp class=\"style411\"\u003e This relatively inexpensive kit includes everything you need to spy on bats in your bat house (or any other critter in crevices or nest boxes) from over 100' away!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eWatch bat activity in roost crevices\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBuilt in IR LED do not disturb bats\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCan be used to inspect any crevices to look for bats in bridges, rocks, trees \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCould be used to monitor inside bird houses, etc.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHear audible bat calls (external mic recommended)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style411\"\u003eOur kit contains a\u003cspan\u003e ridiculously small camera with built in infrared LEDs for illumination in total darkness. A single cable carries SD quality footage, audio, and power over 100' to a live monitor, powered by a portable 12v power supply. Add the tiny in-line DVR to record activity, only when there is movement detected inside the bat house! We've designed this system to require as few wires as possible, and also have the ability to run long term remotely on a 12v battery or a 110v wall outlet. You can disconnect the monitor to save power and leave the DVR running for a week on a battery.  It will record only when bats visit the bat house using the motion detection feature, with a visible timestamp!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style411\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eNote: repeated disturbance such as a camera probe entering a roost may cause bats to abandon a roost. For intermittent use only (do not move a probe on a regular basis, set it once and refrain from moving it.)\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 class=\"style411\"\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003eBase BatCam System Includes:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) 4.3'' SD Monitor\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) BatCam with Sony CCD and built in IR lights,\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) 100' Camera Cable w\/ (2) BNC to RCA couplers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) 12v power injector\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAC wall adapter, will run entire system\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) Micro DVR records to an SD card\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) RCA couplers required to use DVR and Monitor simultaneously\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) SDHC 32GB SD memory card\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) Roll electrical tape for temporary camera attachment to poles, etc.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) Carry case suitable for field deployments\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDoes not include bats!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eOptional 12v Power Kit:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) 12v, 13 aHr SLA battery with female auto plug, for remote use and will run the entire system. \u003cem\u003eDoes NOT include a 12v charger.\u003c\/em\u003e If you require a 12v charger we recommend either the \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/collections\/lights-and-cameras\/products\/6v-battery-tender-charger\" title=\"Battery Tender 12v Charger\"\u003eBattery Tender\u003c\/a\u003e or \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/collections\/lights-and-cameras\/products\/12v-battery-charger\" title=\"Xciter 6\/12v Charger\"\u003eXciter\u003c\/a\u003e and add to your cart separately. \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) 12v camera\/DVR\/monitor power cable, terminating in an 12v auto plug\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/244765970\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" frameborder=\"0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cem\u003eAbove: Jenni and Bryan field test the BatCam at Bat Conservation and Management's world headquarters in Carlisle, PA by sticking the camera into the \"attic space\" of a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/products\/bat-bunker-plus-bat-house\" title=\"Bat Bunker Plus Bat House\"\u003eBat Bunker Plus.\u003c\/a\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/246309321\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" frameborder=\"0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eAbove: John field tests the BatCam under a handy bridge full of bats in south Florida. This is raw video from inside a 1'' crevice recorded at 640x480. It's not pretty footage; remember it is a 1'' crevice we are inside of! The bats do not seem to care that the camera probe is inches from them.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003eCamera Mounting Suggestion\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe BatCam is small enough to easily fit between the 3\/4'' wide roost crevices of any typical modern bat house. The idea is to mount the camera horizontally on a thin pole and insert it into the bat house between the baffles until it reaches the roof. All BCM bat houses ever made contain an important \"attic space\" between the roof and the start of the baffles, which allows bats to change baffles and young pups sit on the tops of the baffles (see Bryan \u0026amp; Jenni's video above). This is ideally where the BatCam might be positioned as it will look out across the top of all the baffles. The pole allows the camera to be turned and positioned precisely where needed. Alternately the BatCam might be more permenantly installed without a pole by creative homeowners. \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/products\/acoustic-microphone-mast\" title=\"Microphone \u0026amp; BatCam Mast\"\u003eBCM's Acoustic Microphone\/BatCam Mast\u003c\/a\u003e comes in two sizes, 20' and 6.5' which is perfectly suited for a BatCam mount and easily fits between the roost baffles of any open-bottom bat house. The 20' pole in particular can be placed on the ground and telescoped to exactly the height needed in many typical bat house installs. For bat houses higher then 20', the Mast may be positioned and then simply lashed to a pole that is supporting the bat house. Please \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/products\/acoustic-microphone-mast\"\u003eadd the Acoustic Microphone\/BatCam Mast to your cart separately\u003c\/a\u003e if you need this mounting solution. Need to look more directions, such as downwards into a bird nest? No problem, just tape a handy flexible \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/products\/gear-ties\" title=\"Gear Ties\"\u003eGear Tie\u003c\/a\u003e to your pole and position the camera whatever direction you need.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eAdditional info:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe camera resolution is 512x492 effective pixels and 1000 lines resolution. The camera measures only 5\/16'' in diameter, smaller than any crevice a bat will fit! We specifically found a camera which also focuses closer than others tested in simulated roost crevices (most small \"spy\" cameras do not focus close enough for our purposes). Relatively sharp images can be obtained as close as 2'' and maintains a good depth of field. The camera is not waterproof. The IR LEDs heat the camera and will prevent moisture problems from dew, but this camera should be protected from rain and not immersed. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe DVR records .AVI video at SD resolution of 640x480 or 320x240 at \u003cspan\u003e30fps.\u003c\/span\u003e The DVR has three record modes. It can be set to record constantly, record only when motion is detected, or \"hybrid\" mode that records when motion is detected at normal 30fps, then as motion is not longer detected, records continuously at 1 frame per second to save disk space. A 32 GB SD card is included, and is the maximum size. At the maximum memory usage (640x480 @ 30fps continuous recording) the DVR generates files approximately 200 mb for every five minutes of recording. This can be reduced significantly using the motion detect or hybrid record mode, or reducing image size. With motion detection turned on, this turns into a camera trap as long as the power can be supplied. Time stamps are visible on screen. Low power-consumption. AV-IN and AV-OUT directly connects with camera, TV, or monitor with RCA or BNC video ports. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAudio recording by the built in camera microphone is acoustic (not ultrasonic) and will include audible bat sounds, but these recordings are not for use with bat call analysis software. The built in microphone is unreliable and whatever recordings it produces will be poor. If audio is desired, an additional microphone may be added in-line. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 class=\"style498\" style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #38761d;\"\u003eAvailable In Stock, Usually Ships 3-5 Days\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e","published_at":"2017-09-25T13:19:40-04:00","created_at":"2017-11-04T18:22:36-04:00","vendor":"Bat Conservation and Management, Inc.","type":"Lights \u0026 Cameras","tags":["Cameras","Infrared Lights"],"price":8900,"price_min":8900,"price_max":29900,"available":false,"price_varies":true,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":3999611060251,"title":"BatCam Monitoring Kit + 12v Power Kit","option1":"BatCam Monitoring Kit + 12v Power Kit","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"BatCam-MK+12VPK","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":false,"name":"BatCam Remote Monitoring Kit - BatCam Monitoring Kit + 12v Power Kit","public_title":"BatCam Monitoring Kit + 12v Power Kit","options":["BatCam Monitoring Kit + 12v Power Kit"],"price":29900,"weight":3629,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":-2,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""},{"id":3992587993115,"title":"BatCam Monitoring Kit Only","option1":"BatCam Monitoring Kit Only","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"BatCam-MK","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":false,"name":"BatCam Remote Monitoring Kit - BatCam Monitoring Kit Only","public_title":"BatCam Monitoring Kit Only","options":["BatCam Monitoring Kit Only"],"price":24900,"weight":3629,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":0,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""},{"id":3999611093019,"title":"12v BatCam Power Kit Only","option1":"12v BatCam Power Kit Only","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"BatCam-PK","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":false,"name":"BatCam Remote Monitoring Kit - 12v BatCam Power Kit Only","public_title":"12v BatCam Power Kit Only","options":["12v BatCam Power Kit Only"],"price":8900,"weight":3629,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":0,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/BatCamOverview02.jpeg?v=1512932236","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/BatCam_System.001.jpeg?v=1512932236","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/BatCam_Sysem..002.jpeg?v=1512932236","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/BatCam-8853.jpg?v=1512932236","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/BatCamCamera.jpeg?v=1512932236","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/BatCamPower.jpeg?v=1512932236","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/IMG_1170.JPG?v=1512932236","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/IMG_1171-2.jpg?v=1512932236","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/CapeCoralBatCam-9050.jpg?v=1512932236","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/CapeCoralBatCam-8743.jpg?v=1512932236"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/BatCamOverview02.jpeg?v=1512932236","options":["Choose the variation that best suits you . . ."],"content":"\u003cp class=\"style411\"\u003e This relatively inexpensive kit includes everything you need to spy on bats in your bat house (or any other critter in crevices or nest boxes) from over 100' away!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eWatch bat activity in roost crevices\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBuilt in IR LED do not disturb bats\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCan be used to inspect any crevices to look for bats in bridges, rocks, trees \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCould be used to monitor inside bird houses, etc.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHear audible bat calls (external mic recommended)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style411\"\u003eOur kit contains a\u003cspan\u003e ridiculously small camera with built in infrared LEDs for illumination in total darkness. A single cable carries SD quality footage, audio, and power over 100' to a live monitor, powered by a portable 12v power supply. Add the tiny in-line DVR to record activity, only when there is movement detected inside the bat house! We've designed this system to require as few wires as possible, and also have the ability to run long term remotely on a 12v battery or a 110v wall outlet. You can disconnect the monitor to save power and leave the DVR running for a week on a battery.  It will record only when bats visit the bat house using the motion detection feature, with a visible timestamp!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style411\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eNote: repeated disturbance such as a camera probe entering a roost may cause bats to abandon a roost. For intermittent use only (do not move a probe on a regular basis, set it once and refrain from moving it.)\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 class=\"style411\"\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003eBase BatCam System Includes:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) 4.3'' SD Monitor\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) BatCam with Sony CCD and built in IR lights,\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) 100' Camera Cable w\/ (2) BNC to RCA couplers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) 12v power injector\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAC wall adapter, will run entire system\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) Micro DVR records to an SD card\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) RCA couplers required to use DVR and Monitor simultaneously\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) SDHC 32GB SD memory card\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) Roll electrical tape for temporary camera attachment to poles, etc.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) Carry case suitable for field deployments\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDoes not include bats!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eOptional 12v Power Kit:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) 12v, 13 aHr SLA battery with female auto plug, for remote use and will run the entire system. \u003cem\u003eDoes NOT include a 12v charger.\u003c\/em\u003e If you require a 12v charger we recommend either the \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/collections\/lights-and-cameras\/products\/6v-battery-tender-charger\" title=\"Battery Tender 12v Charger\"\u003eBattery Tender\u003c\/a\u003e or \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/collections\/lights-and-cameras\/products\/12v-battery-charger\" title=\"Xciter 6\/12v Charger\"\u003eXciter\u003c\/a\u003e and add to your cart separately. \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(1) 12v camera\/DVR\/monitor power cable, terminating in an 12v auto plug\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/244765970\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" frameborder=\"0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cem\u003eAbove: Jenni and Bryan field test the BatCam at Bat Conservation and Management's world headquarters in Carlisle, PA by sticking the camera into the \"attic space\" of a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/products\/bat-bunker-plus-bat-house\" title=\"Bat Bunker Plus Bat House\"\u003eBat Bunker Plus.\u003c\/a\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/246309321\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" frameborder=\"0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eAbove: John field tests the BatCam under a handy bridge full of bats in south Florida. This is raw video from inside a 1'' crevice recorded at 640x480. It's not pretty footage; remember it is a 1'' crevice we are inside of! The bats do not seem to care that the camera probe is inches from them.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003eCamera Mounting Suggestion\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe BatCam is small enough to easily fit between the 3\/4'' wide roost crevices of any typical modern bat house. The idea is to mount the camera horizontally on a thin pole and insert it into the bat house between the baffles until it reaches the roof. All BCM bat houses ever made contain an important \"attic space\" between the roof and the start of the baffles, which allows bats to change baffles and young pups sit on the tops of the baffles (see Bryan \u0026amp; Jenni's video above). This is ideally where the BatCam might be positioned as it will look out across the top of all the baffles. The pole allows the camera to be turned and positioned precisely where needed. Alternately the BatCam might be more permenantly installed without a pole by creative homeowners. \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/products\/acoustic-microphone-mast\" title=\"Microphone \u0026amp; BatCam Mast\"\u003eBCM's Acoustic Microphone\/BatCam Mast\u003c\/a\u003e comes in two sizes, 20' and 6.5' which is perfectly suited for a BatCam mount and easily fits between the roost baffles of any open-bottom bat house. The 20' pole in particular can be placed on the ground and telescoped to exactly the height needed in many typical bat house installs. For bat houses higher then 20', the Mast may be positioned and then simply lashed to a pole that is supporting the bat house. Please \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/products\/acoustic-microphone-mast\"\u003eadd the Acoustic Microphone\/BatCam Mast to your cart separately\u003c\/a\u003e if you need this mounting solution. Need to look more directions, such as downwards into a bird nest? No problem, just tape a handy flexible \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/batmanagement.com\/products\/gear-ties\" title=\"Gear Ties\"\u003eGear Tie\u003c\/a\u003e to your pole and position the camera whatever direction you need.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eAdditional info:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe camera resolution is 512x492 effective pixels and 1000 lines resolution. The camera measures only 5\/16'' in diameter, smaller than any crevice a bat will fit! We specifically found a camera which also focuses closer than others tested in simulated roost crevices (most small \"spy\" cameras do not focus close enough for our purposes). Relatively sharp images can be obtained as close as 2'' and maintains a good depth of field. The camera is not waterproof. The IR LEDs heat the camera and will prevent moisture problems from dew, but this camera should be protected from rain and not immersed. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe DVR records .AVI video at SD resolution of 640x480 or 320x240 at \u003cspan\u003e30fps.\u003c\/span\u003e The DVR has three record modes. It can be set to record constantly, record only when motion is detected, or \"hybrid\" mode that records when motion is detected at normal 30fps, then as motion is not longer detected, records continuously at 1 frame per second to save disk space. A 32 GB SD card is included, and is the maximum size. At the maximum memory usage (640x480 @ 30fps continuous recording) the DVR generates files approximately 200 mb for every five minutes of recording. This can be reduced significantly using the motion detect or hybrid record mode, or reducing image size. With motion detection turned on, this turns into a camera trap as long as the power can be supplied. Time stamps are visible on screen. Low power-consumption. AV-IN and AV-OUT directly connects with camera, TV, or monitor with RCA or BNC video ports. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAudio recording by the built in camera microphone is acoustic (not ultrasonic) and will include audible bat sounds, but these recordings are not for use with bat call analysis software. The built in microphone is unreliable and whatever recordings it produces will be poor. If audio is desired, an additional microphone may be added in-line. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 class=\"style498\" style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #38761d;\"\u003eAvailable In Stock, Usually Ships 3-5 Days\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e"}

BatCam Remote Monitoring Kit

Product Description

 This relatively inexpensive kit includes everything you need to spy on bats in your bat house (or any other critter in crevices or nest boxes) from over 100' away!

  • Watch bat activity in roost crevices
  • Built in IR LED do not disturb bats
  • Can be used to inspect any crevices to look for bats in bridges, rocks, trees 
  • Could be used to monitor inside bird houses, etc.
  • Hear audible bat calls (external mic recommended)

Our kit contains a ridiculously small camera with built in infrared LEDs for illumination in total darkness. A single cable carries SD quality footage, audio, and power over 100' to a live monitor, powered by a portable 12v power supply. Add the tiny in-line DVR to record activity, only when there is movement detected inside the bat house! We've designed this system to require as few wires as possible, and also have the ability to run long term remotely on a 12v battery or a 110v wall outlet. You can disconnect the monitor to save power and leave the DVR running for a week on a battery.  It will record only when bats visit the bat house using the motion detection feature, with a visible timestamp!

Note: repeated disturbance such as a camera probe entering a roost may cause bats to abandon a roost. For intermittent use only (do not move a probe on a regular basis, set it once and refrain from moving it.)

Base BatCam System Includes:

  • (1) 4.3'' SD Monitor
  • (1) BatCam with Sony CCD and built in IR lights,
  • (1) 100' Camera Cable w/ (2) BNC to RCA couplers
  • (2) 12v power injector
  • AC wall adapter, will run entire system
  • (1) Micro DVR records to an SD card
  • (2) RCA couplers required to use DVR and Monitor simultaneously
  • (1) SDHC 32GB SD memory card
  • (1) Roll electrical tape for temporary camera attachment to poles, etc.
  • (1) Carry case suitable for field deployments
  • Does not include bats!

Optional 12v Power Kit:

  • (1) 12v, 13 aHr SLA battery with female auto plug, for remote use and will run the entire system. Does NOT include a 12v charger. If you require a 12v charger we recommend either the Battery Tender or Xciter and add to your cart separately. 
  • (1) 12v camera/DVR/monitor power cable, terminating in an 12v auto plug

 

 
Above: Jenni and Bryan field test the BatCam at Bat Conservation and Management's world headquarters in Carlisle, PA by sticking the camera into the "attic space" of a Bat Bunker Plus. 

Above: John field tests the BatCam under a handy bridge full of bats in south Florida. This is raw video from inside a 1'' crevice recorded at 640x480. It's not pretty footage; remember it is a 1'' crevice we are inside of! The bats do not seem to care that the camera probe is inches from them.


Camera Mounting Suggestion

The BatCam is small enough to easily fit between the 3/4'' wide roost crevices of any typical modern bat house. The idea is to mount the camera horizontally on a thin pole and insert it into the bat house between the baffles until it reaches the roof. All BCM bat houses ever made contain an important "attic space" between the roof and the start of the baffles, which allows bats to change baffles and young pups sit on the tops of the baffles (see Bryan & Jenni's video above). This is ideally where the BatCam might be positioned as it will look out across the top of all the baffles. The pole allows the camera to be turned and positioned precisely where needed. Alternately the BatCam might be more permenantly installed without a pole by creative homeowners. BCM's Acoustic Microphone/BatCam Mast comes in two sizes, 20' and 6.5' which is perfectly suited for a BatCam mount and easily fits between the roost baffles of any open-bottom bat house. The 20' pole in particular can be placed on the ground and telescoped to exactly the height needed in many typical bat house installs. For bat houses higher then 20', the Mast may be positioned and then simply lashed to a pole that is supporting the bat house. Please add the Acoustic Microphone/BatCam Mast to your cart separately if you need this mounting solution. Need to look more directions, such as downwards into a bird nest? No problem, just tape a handy flexible Gear Tie to your pole and position the camera whatever direction you need.

Additional info:

The camera resolution is 512x492 effective pixels and 1000 lines resolution. The camera measures only 5/16'' in diameter, smaller than any crevice a bat will fit! We specifically found a camera which also focuses closer than others tested in simulated roost crevices (most small "spy" cameras do not focus close enough for our purposes). Relatively sharp images can be obtained as close as 2'' and maintains a good depth of field. The camera is not waterproof. The IR LEDs heat the camera and will prevent moisture problems from dew, but this camera should be protected from rain and not immersed. 

The DVR records .AVI video at SD resolution of 640x480 or 320x240 at 30fps. The DVR has three record modes. It can be set to record constantly, record only when motion is detected, or "hybrid" mode that records when motion is detected at normal 30fps, then as motion is not longer detected, records continuously at 1 frame per second to save disk space. A 32 GB SD card is included, and is the maximum size. At the maximum memory usage (640x480 @ 30fps continuous recording) the DVR generates files approximately 200 mb for every five minutes of recording. This can be reduced significantly using the motion detect or hybrid record mode, or reducing image size. With motion detection turned on, this turns into a camera trap as long as the power can be supplied. Time stamps are visible on screen. Low power-consumption. AV-IN and AV-OUT directly connects with camera, TV, or monitor with RCA or BNC video ports. 

Audio recording by the built in camera microphone is acoustic (not ultrasonic) and will include audible bat sounds, but these recordings are not for use with bat call analysis software. The built in microphone is unreliable and whatever recordings it produces will be poor. If audio is desired, an additional microphone may be added in-line. 

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  • We would like to identify a camera system that could be mounted and left at a bridge to document the presence (or absence) of bats over time. Would the BatCam meet our needs which include: 1) a fairly wide field of view (not focused on a single crevice), 2) motion activated (battery-saving), 3) ability to be left out for ~2 weeks (weather proof and reasonably long battery-life), and 4) record data for later viewing.

    The BatCam is probably not what you’re after, it is really intended to go into crevices.   I suggest this high-end trail camera that is known to capture sharp images of cars going 50 MPH: https://batmanagement.com/products/reconyx-motion-activated-covert-security-camera   How far it can detect a bat is unclear. You will have to experiment with trigger sensitivity settings at your location and toss simulated bat around to get an idea how far from the sensor will a bat sized object trigger the camera.    Another item you might be interested in at some point is the beam break counter device https://batmanagement.com/products/apodemus-bat-counter this would be useful once you have a crevice and want to count bats entering vs. exiting over a long period of time unattended.

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