Bat Study Techniques Workshop
With Special Focus on the Endangered Indiana Bat
Laurel Caverns Geological Park • August 21-23, 2009

In response to growing needs for bat studies, Bat Conservation International, Inc., Bat Conservation and Management, Inc., the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, and Laurel Caverns Geological Park, are hosting a Bat Study Techniques Workshop at Laurel Caverns, a 435-acre park surrounded by state forest and state game lands in Pennsylvania’s scenic Allegheny Mountain Region. The park is likely home to all nine species of bats found in the Northeastern U.S. and is a historic Indiana bat wintering site. This Study Techniques Workshop highlights current bat conservation and research techniques, especially those that will add to the body of knowledge regarding Indiana bat presence, roosting, and migratory behavior in the region.


Bat Study Techniques Workshop

Location: Laurel Caverns Geological Park, Farmington PA

Dates: August 21-23, 2009 (Friday thru Sunday). Program runs from 9:00AM to midnight (or later) each day.

Lodging: Campsite and small trailer facilities are available at Laurel Caverns for no additional charge, for this event only. The closest motel is the Summit Hotel and the Lodge at Chalk Hill (see registration form for details). In nearby Uniontown, PA, additional lodging is available at Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, and Super 8 Motel, less than 20 minutes away.

Equipment: Participants need to bring appropriate field gear, including hiking boots, bat-handling gloves, a headlamp with batteries, a personal pack, and a water bottle. We may be netting over shallow streams so appropriate footwear is suggested. To handle bats during the course, participants must provide adequate proof of rabies per-exposure vaccination.

For our special cave tour you should also have a backup light, old long pants, an old sweatshirt or coveralls, gloves, and perhaps kneepads. A helmet will be provided if needed. A basic level of fitness is required to explore the Lower Cave.

Meals: Hearty lunches on 21, 22, and 23 August and dinners on 21 and 22 August are included with the registration fee (special dietary needs may be accommodated with advance notice see registration form).

Materials: Registration fee includes workshop materials, references, resources, meals as listed above, and a curriculum that covers all agenda topics.

Fee: $479.00 item23
Reserve space in the course on-line, using a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card at: Please return a completed registration form with each reservation via E-mail ( or FAX: 717.241.2228. Fee is non-refundable after 1 August 2009, but is transferable.

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Hands on setting and running mist
nets up to triple high in size

Advanced radio telemetry
techniques demonstrated

Hands on SonoBat/Petersson and
ANABAT acoustic recorders