“There is no 'one size fits all' tool for assessing behavior, habitat use, occupancy, and status.”
One of the most unique features of a Bat Survey Solutions, LLC training opportunity is the wide range of experience our staff brings to every event. This is not only in our educational and professional backgrounds, but also in our familiarity with a full range of survey equipment and protocols. Bat study is difficult and there is no “one size fits all” tool for assessing behavior, habitat use, occupancy, and status. Our equipment arsenal includes unusual depth and breadth, something our students benefit from in every class.
For biologists just starting out with bat-work who need hands-on experience with a full range of survey equipment, to seasoned professionals who desire continuing education with the latest gear, our courses provide it all.
A single outing using a single monitoring tool provides a single snapshot of bat activity. In all our trainings, we encourage multiple trials with many types of hardware, applications, and interpretation tools. Bats are dynamic, activity is variable, and encountering them is often left to chance.
Bat work is often a “numbers game,” and our numbers for interpreting bats are: 6 unique physical capture methods; 3 marking, banding, and tracking tools; at least 4 handling, measuring and processing resources; 22 different types of acoustic recording solutions; more than 5 software programs to analyze data collections; 7 different methods for practicing to identify bats on the wing; and over 100 pages of reference resources to support our curriculum. The result is one of the most comprehensive, unbiased, and complete look at local bats in every workshop.
Students are only limited by their desire.
Hard-won discoveries are shared and celebrated.
Our goals are to provide you with the best value for your time,
energy, effort, and yes, dollars, that you choose to spend with us.
In a 3 day classroom setting, students learn about the theory behind recording and analyzing ultrasonic bat vocalizations. We teach participants how to interpret quantitative analysis outputs from auto-classification software programs and how to perform qualitative analysis (i.e., manual vetting) to confirm bat species presence. Pre-recorded bat calls from regional acoustic inventories are used for hands-on analysis demonstrations. Students are also encouraged to bring in their own files to process. KaleidoscopePro and SonoBat™ software for viewing and identifying species is featured side-by-side, but we also demonstrate how to use full-spectrum *.wav files with other available programs (e.g., BCID and EchoClass).
These are our current planned Acoustic Data Management course locations and dates:
11-13 October 2017: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Registration is open. Read program details and register . . .
These classes include a 5 day schedule of combined classroom lectures and hands-on practice. The Acoustic Survey Methods workshops teach students all the topics covered in the basic “Acoustic Data Management” workshop but combine it with in-field demonstrations. Structured outdoor field trips at venues and times conducive for intercepting wild bats allow us to illustrate how to locate, deploy, collect, and analyze real data from active, passive, and mobile acoustic transect surveys. We continue to feature KaleidoscopePro and SonoBat™ software side-by-side for viewing and identifying species, in addition to teaching users how to analyze full-spectrum *.wav files with other popular software (e.g., BCID and EchoClass).
Our 8-day/7-night field courses provide guided, hands-on experience with bat survey techniques including harp traps and single-, double-, and triple-high mist net sets, as well as bat handling, removal from nets and traps, identification, banding, WNS decontamination and disinfection techniques, echolocation call recording, and data processing. Radio telemetry, video-recording methods, and a full range of active, passive and mobile acoustic-survey techniques are highlighted. Students learn how to integrate acoustic monitoring as a survey technique for effective, efficient comprehensive bat surveys. Participants gain hands-on experience with bat detector and microphone placement, automated data collection, post processing steps, protocols for deploying acoustic transects, and methods for collecting active recordings. Students receive unparalleled opportunities to deploy and “test-drive” an impressive array of bat survey equipment, including a full range of bat detector models available from all major manufacturers today.
These are our currently planned course locations and dates for our Combined Field Survey Techniques program:
13-20 May 2017: Portal, Arizona
14-21 July 2017: Tulelake, California
Lava Beds National Monument & Modoc National Forest
23-30 (tenative) September 2017: Park City, Kentucky
Mammoth Cave National Park
Registration is open. Read program details and register . . .
Custom classes highlight any bat conservation and research techniques of interest. These courses are designed to “put it all together” for local wildlife staff. Students spend time in the field taking a more comprehensive look at the bats on the landscape without falling prey to common pitfalls your veteran instructors have all experienced. These courses are individually-designed at all levels for any organization, company, or agency based on your needs or concerns for bat work. Local hosts get to specify the program content, length, and location.
Most of the custom classes are private events organized for clients or agencies with specific goals or in mind or request special topics. To help offset costs, sometimes clients open these customized workshops to the general public. If a custom workshop is open, we will provide details below. Be sure to carefully read the agenda as this event may not follow our other formats.
Contact us if your organization is interested in hosting a custom workshop.
What we cover . . .
Acoustic monitoring equipment is being developed at a rapid pace. All major manufacturers will refine their flagship devices every year. We maintain a massive inventory of bat detector makes and models that participants may borrow during class. This provides a unique opportunity to "test drive" gear before purchase. Students can also pair their own detectors with new or different equipment to get a sense of how microphone models and detector settings might influence their survey efforts.
Binary Acoustic Technology*
AcroBAT, AR125*, AR125EXT*, MIC-H*, MiniMic*, & IFR-V*
BatScanner and BatLogger
D240x, D500x*, M500*, and D1000x
SM2*, SM3*, SM4*, Echometer*,
& Echometer Touch*
* BatSS staff have been using these devices for survey work as soon as, or before, they were publicly available.
There are at least three components of echolocation analysis software: (1) programs that automatically attempt to classify huge amounts of data, (2) programs that classify and allow users to view bat calls, and (3) helpful utility programs that assist with certain dedicated recording or post-processing tasks. Developments in all these programs are occurring at an explosive pace, with updates multiple times per year. All our courses provide critical "hidden user manual" information to bring users up to speed with the latest software versions.
Viewer + Auto Analysis Apps
Bat Call Identification (BCID)
Active Monitoring Apps
Bat Recorder (Android)
Echometer Touch (iOS)
Ultrasonic Analyzer (iOS)
Analook (during geek sessions or certain venues)
SonoBat Batch Attributor
SonoBat Noise Scrubber
** Participants must bring their own copy of Excel; all other software is provided or available as a trial during workshops.
During our Combined Field Survey workshops, we literally combine all of the acoustic hardware and software with physical capture and monitoring tools to demonstrate the bias inherent in any single survey method used in isolation. This gets people thinking about what they may be missing if they rely on only one tool, platform, or method.
Our low instructor to student ratio allows us to separate into small groups of 5 or less students for nightly fieldwork and demonstrations. Participants have maximum freedom to choose among different opportunities each night, selecting those that most closely match their personal goals..
Single high mist nets
Double high mist nets
Triple high mist nets
6' AustBat Harp Trap
6' Forest Strainer Harp Trap
Data station in the WNS world
Various bat detectors
GPS, mounting hardware
ATN Thermal Camera
FLIR Thermal Camera
Sony NightShot Camera
IRLamp6 IR Illuminators
Sony FS700 High Speed Camera
Marshall Radio Receivers
Industrial Surveillance Cameras
Closeup Bat Photography
Long Exposure Photography