ACOUSTIC DATA MANAGEMENT COURSE
Join us in coastal Maine (located between Portland and Portsmouth) this spring to get a jump on the 2016 Bat Survey Season as we bring our Acoustic Data Management class to the far northeast!
With the growing use of bat detectors as survey tools, training courses that familiarize users with the complex hardware and software available are essential. Our Bat Acoustic Data Management Workshop is designed to help users to responsibly interpret acoustic survey results required by agencies and clients. This class demonstrates current acoustic inventory techniques for properly deploying both passive and active full-spectrum detectors. The focus is on data management workflows, including analysis using the powerful SonoBat software suite. We also demonstrate how to convert full-spectrum data to zero-cross files for analysis and auto-classification with BCID, EchoClass, and Kaleidoscope Pro. Students receive guided practice with how to interpret AutoID results from these programs, and how to manually confirm or reject the computer-generated classification results. Participants will be empowered to compare results of multiple auto-classifiers themselves rather than relying heavily on outside contractors for data analysis.
The Acoustic Data Management Course is an intensive, classroom-based training with no in-field component, though participants will receive demonstration data from actual acoustic inventories to use during class. If available, students may also bring their own full-spectrum recordings from previous projects. Time will be allotted for instructor-led review of cryptic or confusing files with the entire class. This allows everyone to appreciate the types of issues that may arise during typical acoustic survey efforts in the region, avoiding common pitfalls others have suffered, and maximizing results for the upcoming season.
Our guided classroom demonstrations and hands-on experience with real field recordings will acquaint participants with the full range of methods, techniques, and technologies available for surveying bats in any eastern North American habitat. Participants will learn how to speed post-processing and enhance call analysis. This class will illustrate the short- comings of simply accepting the output results from automated classifiers. Students will learn how to manually review recordings to ensure accurate identification and occupancy results. Instructors will also guide participants on how to interpret the automated outputs generated by EchoClass, BCID, Kaleidoscope Pro, and SonoBat. Students learn how the MLE values are calculated to predict species presence.
This course will provide students with realistic examples of call-collection and processing that is likely to occur during actual acoustic field surveys. Finally, all participants will learn important survey and deployment essentials to satisfy various agency acoustic survey
guidelines. While the emphasis is on northeastern bat classifications using full- spectrum data and analysis software, we will also demonstrate the workflow for converting full-spectrum files for use with zero-cross programs: EchoClass, BCID, and Kaleidoscope Pro. This class will be suitable for participants using acoustics anywhere in North America.
Note: This class is designed to be an advanced workshop for bat-workers already familiar with acoustic monitoring software or who have attended a previous bat survey workshop. This is a data-management intensive workshop, which demonstrates the realism of reporting on survey results compiled from multiple detectors deployed for multiple days. A laptop with the Microsoft Office suite installed and a working knowledge of Excel is mandatory for all students. Students will receive download instructions for trial versions of all acoustic analysis software. Our complete agenda is available on-line for review. Be sure this specialized workshop meets your needs.
• Bat Detector Types & Deployment Tips
• File Organization & Data Management
• Post-processing Files for Analysis
• Using Full-spectrum Files in SonoBat
• Converting Full-spectrum to Zero-cross
• Using BCID, EchoClass, and KaPRO
• Generating AutoID Outputs from Each
• Analyzing Results, Interpreting MLE Values & Determining Occupancy
• Echolocation Call Characteristics of Midwestern Bat Species
• Using Qualitative Analysis during Manual Vetting Efforts
• Active Monitoring & Mobile Transects
• Tips for Success & Improving Recording Quality
• Caveats & Issues of Special Concern
Bat Acoustic Data Management Workshop
Three days, two nights (9AM-6PM, with optional "Geek Sessions" on nights 1 and 2) in Duluth, MN. Breakfast and lunch included on days 1-3. Lodging and other meals not included.
Location and Directions:
This class will be held at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, adjacent to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The 2,250 acre Wells Reserve is one of over two-dozen NERR facilities across the United States maintained for the protection, management, and study of coastal marine habitats. Our classroom, lodging, and demonstrations will be accommodated at Alheim Commons on-site. Breakfast and lunch is provided each day. Dormitory lodging (up to 3 people per room) is available for an extra charge. Dinner each night is not included. See: http://www.wellsreserve.org for more info.
Dates: 7-9 April (Thursday-Saturday). Check-in starts at 8am Thursday, program begins promptly at 9am, class concludes in the afternoon on Saturday.
Lodging: Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. To arrange a stay at the Alheim Commons on-site, please contact the Alheim Caretaker: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately a number of hotels are just southof Wells on US Route 1, starting at $75.
Airport: The closest airport is Portland International Jetport (PWM). The venue is within a mile of this airport.
General Equipment: The course is conducted in a classroom setting. No bats will be handled at this workshop. (Participants do not need rabies pre-exposure vaccination.)
Software Requirements: Functional trials of SonoBat and BCID will be available for students to install on a personal laptop prior to the course. Directions will also be provided on how to obtain the free version of Kaleidoscope and EchoClass. Please note that while frequency-division technology (a.k.a. zero-cross recordings in AnaBat format) will be demonstrated during this workshop, a comprehensive look at AnaLook and related workflow is beyond the scope of this workshop and will not be presented in detail. Microsoft Excel is required to view and compile the outputs from all the classifier programs.
If you plan to use a government/institution/corporate owned computer BE SURE you have access privileges to install software during this class. Please bring a laptop loaded with the SonoBat demo, Kaleidoscope, BCID, EchoClass (both EC and BCID will run on a Mac under Parallels), and Microsoft Excel.
It is very important for all students to pre-install all the suggested software and become familiar with basic features and operations to maximize time spent learning the various work-flows and utilities. Allow 1-3 hours to install software especially if you are new to acoustic monitoring. Participants are required to bring their own laptops with the suggested acoustic software & Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel, pre-loaded.
We will be analyzing new data as well as sample data from other previous workshops or projects. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own full spectrum data to analyze as well!
Acoustic Equipment: While weather and time of year precludes bat fieldwork, our Geek Sessions provide the opportunity to go over details of a particular recorder as needed. Please bring any personal bat detector(s), recorder(s), and connecting cables you have, if you have questions on your particular setup. Our workshops do not limit the participants to one brand of full-spectrum detector.
Meals: Breakfast and lunches on Days 1-3, are provided. All other meals are "on your own."
How to Register: Please order online. To register multiple people, please checkout each person individually so that we can obtain the proper contact information for each participant. Please also mention any special topics you are definitely interested in the text box provided on the checkout screen.
The Fine Print . . .
Courses fill quickly and attendance at each course is strictly limited due to staffing and facilities logistics. Registration and payment is required to reserve a seat in class. An automated receipt for course fees is sent immediately upon registration. At least 45-days prior to the start of class, Janet Tyburec will contact class members to confirm registration details and will provide additional pre-course materials including a detailed daily agenda and information on what to bring to and how to prepare to enhance participation.
Deadlines and Cancellation Policy
The registration deadline for any course is 45-days prior to the start of class (listed as “Day 1” on the course agenda). Reservations cannot be held without payment. After the deadline, space in class is available on a first-come, first-served basis only if the attendance cap has not been met. Daily rates for courses are not available. Refunds will be issued upon request, less a $250 processing fee, if a participant must cancel prior to the registration deadline. After the deadline, fees are not refundable but registration is transferable to another participant for the purchased class only. Consider purchasing trip insurance if this cancellation policy is not acceptable.
What's Included . . .
Meals not specifically indicated as included, transportation to and from the workshop location, and any pre- or post-lodging fees to facilitate travel are not included. Please, no audio or video recording during class. Presentations, agendas, and in-field activities are subject to change without notice according to group dynamics and local conditions. If the purpose of attending one of our courses is to help you maintain or improve skills related to employment or business, expenses related to the programs may be tax-deductible according to I.R.C. Reg. 1.162-5. Please consult your tax advisor. Completion of any training class does not constitute an endorsement of skills that may be required by a permitting agency.