In response to the growing use of bat detectors as inventory and monitoring tools, training courses to design effective acoustic studies are essential. Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. and SonoBat are hosting a SonoBat Software Training Workshop at the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center on the south side of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This course highlights current acoustic analysis techniques with a focus on the use of the latest full-spectrum bat recording equipment and echolocation call analysis using the powerful SonoBat 3 software.
One Session: January 9-10 (Monday-Tuesday). Class size: Limited to 20 participants. Location: Hotel Carlisle, Carlisle, PA
Janet Tyburec, B.A. (1989) Trinity University, a full-time employee at Bat Conservation International, Inc. (BCI), from 1989 thru September 2002, has been involved in the structure and execution of training workshops since the inception of BCI's workshop efforts in 1992. She has been extensively trained by BCI founder, Merlin D. Tuttle. Over the years, she has personally taught over 1,500 wildlife biologists, land managers, and students of conservation in the course of presenting over 100 field workshops. She currently oversees all training and instruction at BCI's Arizona, California, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania locations. She continues to be involved with many aspects of BCI's workshop program and its growth as a contract employee, a position she has held from September 2002 to the present. She has also contracted with other federal and state agencies, including the USDA Forest Service, USDI National Park Service and the Department of Defense to conduct custom training workshops for directors, staff, seasonal employees, and volunteers.
John Chenger, president of Bat Conservation and Management, Inc. (BCM), has worked with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to conduct cave and mine assessments and other bat inventories. He has also worked with BCI since 1997 to facilitate training workshops in Arizona, California, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. He founded BCM in 1999 to address nuisance bat management issues by providing man-made roosts and performing bat-exclusion and bat- proofing services. His company has grown to include seasonal bat roost and habitat surveys, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) endangered species compliance inventories, acoustic monitoring studies, and large-scale migratory bat radio-tracking projects. His work has led him to develop and manufacture commercially available survey gear including mist net poles, portable triple-high mist-net sets, harp traps, and bat houses certified by BCI.
The mechanics of sound and how it carries information; wave theory: frequency, velocity, amplitude; frequency and spatial resolution; what bats can detect; what they can't
Understanding bat detectors, how they work, and limitations and advantages: heterodyne, zero-crossing, frequency division, time expansion/ full-spectrum. Advances in acoustic recording technology, methods, and analysis
Recording Engineering 101- setting up to acquire data
Call and sequence morphology and terminology; sequence (i.e., bat pass) information; call information; interpreting call morphology; call parameters; distortion and quality; harmonics; recording limitations; out of range calls; mimicry; call plasticity and vocal repertoires; species characteristics of eastern North American bats; troublesome species; knowing when to NOT make the call
Setting up a study; study design; sample size; temporal and spatial aspects; analysis; site selection and recording logistics; Set up recording equipment
Dates: January 9-10 (Monday-Tuesday). Check in starts at 8 AM, program begins at 9 AM.
Airport Shuttle: The closest airport is Harrisburg International (MDT). There may be one shuttle trip offered to MDT, BWI, or IAD, details TBA closer to the event.
Carlisle Hotel Lodging:
General Equipment: The course is conducted entirely within a classroom setting, indoors, with free Wi-Fi Internet access. Functional trials of SonoBat will be available for students to install on a personal laptop prior to the course. 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, any previously recorded bat call files (*.wav format; recorded with any full spectrum detector), and a memory stick (2 GB or larger). It is very important for participants to pre-install the software and become familiar with its basic layout and operations to maximize time spent learning the various features and utilities. No fieldwork will be conducted during this workshop. No bats will be handled at this workshop. (Participants do not need rabies pre-exposure vaccination.)
Acoustic Equipment: Please bring personal bat detector(s), recorder(s), and connecting cables. We will have a number of Pettersson D240x detectors for participants to borrow, and a demo AR125, Baton, SM2BAT, and the new handheld from Wildlife Acoustics, the EM3. Simulated bat calls will be broadcast during a demonstration portion of the class, allowing students to make test-recordings using different detector models and practice off-loading, viewing, analyzing, and processing calls.
Meals: Morning coffee and working lunches on 9 and 10 are included with the registration fee. Please indicate below if you require vegetarian meals. All other meals are "on your own". Many restaurant options are available within 5 minutes of the Hotel Carlisle several within walking distance.
Social: There will be an after meeting meeting in the Carlisle Hotel lounge after the evening session January 9. Topics to be discussed do not necessarily have to include the Nyquist frequency and Moores Law, we may just want to unwind.