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Grey Bat Swarm

One of the study areas at the KY bat workshop venue

Since 1998 Bat Conservation and Management has specialized
bat detector technology and advances in acoustic monitoring; performing compliance surveys for business and industry; conducting professional training workshops for wildlife biologists just getting their start with bats; and providing fully tested equipment and survey gear for the professional bat worker. We also assist with solving bat/human conflicts and bats in buildings problems.

What can we help you complete in 2015?


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Our CA Capture Techniques Workshop and ME Data Management Workshop were both a big success. A few updates from the class are posted on BCM's Facebook page. We plan to continue adding "notes from the field" during our dual KY workshops later this season.

Our AZ Capture Techniques has been completed and a few updates from the class are posted on BCM's Facebook page. We plan to continue adding "notes from the field" during our ME, CA, and KY workshops later this season.

Roy D. Powers Jr., 75, Duffield, VA passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, March 29, 2015. He was recognized as the leading authority on cave gates in the world. His work protects many bat species in 18 different states and his designs have been applied to gates around the world. Visit Roy's Legacy Page on Facebook.

03/24: If you want to keep up with BCM’s latest projects, workshops, or ongoing adventures, follow/like us on our Facebook page!

02/25: BCM is packing for the joint North American Bat Working Group meeting in St. Louis next week; nearly 400 participants are expected! John Chenger and Janet Tyburec will be presenting this poster: Comparing Classifiers for Detecting the Florida Bonneted Bat.

Considering bat training? Since 1992 BCM staff has taught 147 workshops at 98 different venues across North America for over 2,500 participants from around the world.

Need a training workshop or acoustic monitoring gear but short on cash? Great gear from Binary Acoustics, Pettersson, SonoBat, and training from BCM is available to winners of various Bob Berry Scholarships. See the Western Bat Working Group for details on how to participate; students and faculty are welcome.

BCM is partnering with Florida Fish and Wildlife to survey for the federally endangered Florida Bonneted Bat -and- field testing SonoBat Florida and Kaleidoscope Pro bat call analysis programs.

BCM assisted the Forest Preserve District of Will County, IL in an effort to encourage a maternity colony of big brown bats to relocate to a BCM Mini Bat Condo. Read all about it and see photos here, and here. J. Armstrong-Ullberg, B. Butler, J. Chenger, D. Darrow, K. Silas, and J. Tyburec finished installation (see video) in less than two days.

4th Annual Mammoth Cave Bat Night was a blazing success with about 300 people attending. John Chenger contributed a live acoustic monitoring station while Janet Tyburec demonstrated a mist net station. Other stations staffed by NPS and other biologists included night vision equipment, an insect trap, and live bats, set in the ambiance of the Historic Entrance to Mammoth Cave.

Ready for batty movies? Visit BCM's Bat Workshop Channel on Vimeo for a fascinating glimpse at some of the sites our participants visited this season!

Where is BCM? During the 2014 season we have completed:

- bat capture surveys in MO, PA, IA, MD, KY, and AZ (the majority which were environmental assessments for Indiana bats)

- radio telemetry assistance/collaboration on Myotis septentrionalis in PA

- radio telemetry on 13 Myotis septentrionalis in PA

- radio telemetry tracking 2 Myotis leibii to barns in PA

- 602 acoustic monitoring sites in PA and counting

- 113 acoustic monitoring sites in NY

- 48 nights of acoustic monitoring in FL

- 16 nights of Allegheny woodrat trapping

- 7 abandoned mine trapping surveys


We tested 10 different long-term passive mic configurations from 3 manufacturers in a week long real-world batty environment. We are also making recordings with the new Echometer Touch, watch our reviews section for updates.


Join John Chenger/BCM and Janet Tyburec/JTConsulting test-driving the new Wildlife Acoustics SM3 bat detector. We will be putting these detectors thru their paces at all of our workshops along side the usual assortment of makes and models from Wildlife Acoustics and other manufacturers.


John Chenger, Todd Sinander (BCM), and Dave Riggs (Myotisoft) recently assisted the PA Game Commission with winter bat surveys in several caves and mines. Check out video and photos!


BCM is now supplying the Bat Bunker artificial roost. We made some in-house mods to the shell and increased the capacity to make it a "Plus" for your local bat population!


Where was BCM? During the 2013 season we successfully completed:

~262 nights of bat capture surveys in PA, OH, WV, IA, KY, and AZ (the majority which were environmental assessments for Indiana bats)

~216 nights of acoustic monitoring in PA, IA, NY, OH, KY, and WV

~33 nights of trapping and acoustic monitoring abandoned mine features in PA

~radio tracking on two Indiana bats

~day and night radio tracking on three Eastern small-footed bats


Janet Tyburec presented Calculating Accuracy Rates Among BCID, EchoClass, Kaleidoscope Pro, and SonoBat at the 2014 SBDN Meeting; John Chenger and Joe Szewczak coauthored.


Janet Tyburec and John Chenger presented Comparing bat detector deployments at different heights, in different orientations, and using different microphone types at the 2014 SBDN Meeting.


Using Auto-classifiers to Determine Occupancy: Clinton, NJ Chenger and Tyburec presented a mini symposia at the 2014 NEBWG meeting and at the 2014 SBDN meeting demonstrating real-world results of auto-classification software with 130 people in attendance.


Acoustic Monitoring Decision Maker Workshop: State College, PA Chenger and Tyburec presented a custom workshop for Region 5 biologists and land managers in October 2013 to demonstrate best practices for collecting echolocation calls, real-world results of auto-classification software, and protocols for acoustic inventory and monitoring of bats.


2013 Society of Mining Engineers Anthracite Section John Chenger was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Society of Mining Engineers Anthracite Section meeting and spoke on threats to bats which is driving changes to sampling protocols.


2013 NE Bat Working Group Meeting:

Janet Tyburec presented "Using Auto-Classifiers for Acoustic Surveys: Do Results Reflect Reality."
John Chenger presented "How to Get That Endangered Bat Out of Your House in 20 Minutes."
Joe Szewczak presented "A Field Test of Two Acoustic Classification Systems to Discriminate Indiana Bats (Myotis sodalis)."


2013 SE Bat Diversity Network Meeting:

Janet Tyburec presented an updated "Using Auto-Classifiers for Acoustic Surveys: Do Results Reflect Reality" which now includes Kaleidoscope Pro.
Joe Szewczak presented the SonoBat Expert System for bat call analysis.


Most Popular BCM Items . . .

Binary Acoustics MiniMic
250 kHz/USB+
Spect'r capture software $650

Pettersson D500x FD
500 kHz w/ live frequency divison monitor $1995
D500x Standard Edition: $1595
Quantity discounts available-

Pettersson M500
500 kHz/USB+
capture software $395


Bat Bunker Plus
Wood w/Plastic shell
Bat House:

Bat House

Wood w/Plastic shell
Bat House: $149

Upcoming BCM Events:


Bat Acoustic Fieldwork Acoustic and Data Management Workshops

Featuring SonoBat, EchoClass, BCID, and Kaleidoscope Pro with field surveys

FL, January 2016 AVAILABLE


Acoustic Project Data Management

Interpreting output from 4 automated classifiers + manual review on real survey projects

IL, March 7-9, 2015 SOLD OUT


PA, April 28-29, 2015 SOLD OUT

ME, June 14-16, 2015 SOLD OUT

Harrisburg, PA October 12-14, 2015


Bat Survey Techniques

Mist net, harp trap, and acoustic capture
in world class field settings.

Scholarships available!


AZ May 20-26, 2015


CA, July 8-14, 2015


KY, September 11-17, 2015



KY, September 19-25, 2015



AZ May 22-29, 2016




Visit with BCM during these
upcoming batty

NASBR 45; Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2015
Conference of the North American Symposium on Bat Research in Monterey, CA


NEBWG; January 11-13, 2016

Northeast Bat Working Group Meeting
in Baltimore, MD


Southeastern Bat Working Group Meeting; February 18-19, 2016






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containing important information on upcoming workshops, SonoBat updates, new bat detector products, and firmware updates. We will also provide tips and tricks for installing bat houses, getting bats out of houses, and other professional survey techniques.


Newsletter Archive:


January 2015
2015 Acoustic Preparedness, Bat House Maintenance, and Acoustic Tips


September 2014
G7 Harp Trap, Bat Bunker Plus, Bat Detector Mics


February 2014
Workshops, MiniMic, Bat House Maintenance


March 2014
Battery Maintenance, D500xFD, M500



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Bat Conservation and Management, Inc.

Shop, showroom, and shipping address:
1263 Claremont Road
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17015

Phone (717) 241-ABAT (office and FAX)

(717) 241-2228

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Other days and times by appointment






Did you find a live bat. . .
and not sure what to do with it?
Usually the best thing to do is release it immediately; if it did not come in physical contact with anyone!
If there are any concerns, a local Wildlife Rehabilitator may help!



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