Training / Courses

TECHNIQUES and HARDWARE TRAINING

From this course, you will gain a well-rounded understanding of bat acoustics. Participants learn how to use bat detectors, and how to deploy them to substantially increase your ability to identify calls to the species level. Understanding why bats produce the calls they do and how these calls change in different environments is of utmost importance to surveying bats acoustically. It is a mistake to think that a bat detector can simply be placed into an environment, calls can be recorded, and then analysis can be done, without an understanding of the principles of ultrasound, the “ecology of echolocation,” and the effect that the recording equipment has on deployment decisions. This course provides hands on practice with detectors, and teaches you how to record bats effectively. There are 3 basic courses that I teach: Wildlife Acoustics detectors, Anabat detectors, or a combination of these.

This course provides you with the fundamentals of call identification; you will get an overview of all North American species, with emphasis on the species of the region where the course is offered. Most versions of this course offer a field component where you will practice recording bats. Protocols will also be discussed such as monitoring at wind energy developments, White Nose Syndrome surveillance (e.g., winter monitoring), and the new North American Bat Monitoring Program.

You will also be given an overview of software for analysis; focus will be on zero-cross analysis [KaleidoscopePro, BCID and AnalookW] and in some courses, full spectrum analysis will also be included.

ACOUSTIC ANALYSIS COURSE

This course is geared to participants who have been working with bat detectors, and ideally have already done a bit of analysis. This course does not go through species identification, as that is covered in the Techniques course (see above).  However, there are exceptions to this occasionally, so please inquire if unsure.

This analysis course is best geared for users who are faced with analysis of large datasets. We focus on auto-identification programs, with focus on KaleidoscopePro (all classes) and BCID (Eastern classes) [occasionally with an overview of Sonobat], and on the many advanced features in AnalookW [filters, scans, count labels tool, etc.] that make your analysis effective and time efficient. This course provides hands on practice analyzing bat calls, teaches you how to effectively manage and process large datasets, and how to quickly make summaries, tables and graphs of your data.

There are basically 2 recording formats when recording bat calls: full spectrum and zero-cross. You can convert full spectrum into zero-cross, but you cannot convert the other direction. It doesn’t matter whether you are using zero-cross or full spectrum recording in this course. Calls recorded by any bat detector — Anabat, Wildlife Acoustics detector, or other full spectrum bat detector – can be analyzed using the skills and software taught in this analysis course.

COMPREHENSIVE ACOUSTIC COURSE (CONDENSED)

This course is a well-rounded 5 day course that starts with the basics of bat acoustics and bat detector technology.  It includes species identification with an overview of North American species, and more in-depth acoustic ID of northwestern species.

This course will provide a foundation for those participating in the North American Bat Monitoring Program and will thus include a section on site selection and deployment instructions for passive stations and mobile transects.  There will be an overview of of all major types of bat detectors with focus on Wildlife Acoustics and Titley Scientific products.  On several nights there will be hands-on practice in the field actively recording bats.

The analysis component of this course includes practice of workflow patterns, starting with raw files, working with KaleidoscopePro and Analook to efficiently identify files to species and species-groups, ending with quick and easy pivot-tables and histogram creation in Excel for reporting.

NEW in 2017!  BAT CAPTURE TECHNIQUES

This 6 night, 7 day course provides instruction in the capture of bats for inventory.  It includes hands on practice with mistnetting and radiotelemetry.  Participants must show proof of rabies immunization.

UPCOMING COURSES:

Unless otherwise stated, contact Cori Lausen or Heather Gates (hgates@wcs.org) for details regarding any of the courses listed below.
All prices are in USD unless otherwise stated. Group and student discounts are available for most courses. Meals may be included in some courses, as stipulated.

2018-To be determined.

 


COMPLETED WORKSHOPS:

2017

  • 5-7 April 2017 – Phoenix, AZ; Wildlife Acoustics Training
  • 18-20 May 2017 – Maynard, MA; Wildlife Acoustics Training
  • 29 May-3 June 2017 – London, ON, Canada; Techniques and Analysis
  • 12-16 June 2017 – Spokane, WA;  Comprehensive Acoustics Training
  • 31 July – 4 Aug 2017 – Lethbridge, AB, Canada; Comprehensive Acoustics Training
  • 20-26 July – Lillooet, BC, Canada; Bat Capture Techniques
  • 31 July – 4 Aug 2017 – Lethbridge, AB, Canada; Comprehensive Acoustics Course

2016

  • 15-20 May 2016; Creston, BC–Comprehensive Acoustics Training – Wildlife Acoustics and Anabat
  • 24-27 May 2016; Point Pelee National Park, ON–Techniques and Hardware
  • 27-29 May 2016; Point Pelee National Park, ON–Analysis

2015

  • 10-12 February; Miami, Florida–Wildlife Acoustics Techniques & Hardware
  • 26 February-3 March; St. Louis, Missouri–Comprehensive Acoustics Training
    – Wildlife Acoustics & Anabat
  • 14-16 April; Phoenix, Arizona–Wildlife Acoustics Techniques & Hardware
  • 11-15 May; Hinton, Alberta–Comprehensive Acoustics Training
    – Wildlife Acoustics & Anabat
  • 17-19 June; Mattawa, Ontario–Wildlife Acoustics Training

2014

  • 21-23 April; Phoenix, Arizona–Wildlife Acoustic Techniques & Hardware
  • 24-26 April; Phoenix, Arizona–Acoustic Analysis
  • 6-9 May; Connersville, Indiana–Anabat Techniques
  • 9-11 May; Connersville, Indiana–Acoustic Analysis
  • 20-24 May; Radium, BC, Canada–Anabat Condensed Course
  • 3-5 June; Maynard, Massachusetts–Wildlife Acoustics Course
  • 9-12 June; Boise, Idaho–Acoustic Techniques & Hardware
    –Wildlife Acoustics & Anabat
  • 12-14 June; Boise, Idaho–Acoustic Analysis

2013

  • 19-22 August; Columbia, Missouri–Anabat Techniques
  • 22-24 August; Columbia, Missouri–Acoustic Analysis
  • 21-24 May; Calgary, Alberta–Acoustic Techniques
  • 24-26 May; Calgary, Alberta–Acoustic Analysis
  • 6-9 May; Akron, Ohio–Anabat Techniques
  • 9-11 May; Akron, Ohio–Acoustic Analysis
  • 2-4 May; Unicoi State Park, Georgia–Acoustic Analysis
  • 29 April-2 May; Unicoi State Park, Georgia–Anabat Techniques
  • 4-6 April; Santa Fe, New Mexico–Wildlife Acoustics Course
  • 5-7 March; Mammoth Cave Park, Kentucky–Wildlife Acoustics Course
  • 30 January-1 February; Santa Cruz, Calif–Wildlife Acoustics Course

2012

  • 1 June-3 June; Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.–AnalookW Analysis
  • 29 May-1 June; Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.–Anabat Techniques
  • 15 May-18 May; Forest, Mississippi–Anabat Techniques
  • 9-11 May; Boston, Massachusetts–Wildlife Acoustics Course
  • 1-5 May; Charleston, West Virginia–AnalookW Analysis
  • 30 April-3 May; Charleston, West Virginia–Anabat Techniques
  • 3-4 April; Denver, Colorado–Wildlife Acoustics

2011

  • 27-29 September; Edmonton, AB, Canada–AnalookW Analysis
  • 27-30 June; Brazil, Indiana–Anabat Techniques
  • 21-24 June; Boise, Idaho–Anabat Techniques
  • 30 May-2 June; Creston, B.C. Canada–Anabat Techniques
  • 10-14 April; Desert Studies Center, Baker CA–Anabat Techniques
  • 18-21 April; Falling Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville TN–Anabat Techniques
  • 1-3 March; Akron, Ohio–AnalookW Analysis
  • 18-21, January; Sacramento, California–AnalookW Analysis

2010

  • 19-22 October; Las Vegas, Nevada–Analysis
  • 8-11 June; Casper, Wyoming–Techniques
  • 27-30 April; Warsaw, Illinois–Techniques