Training / Courses

 

COURSES OFFERED

There are 3 basic courses that I teach: Techniques and HardwareAnalysis, or a Comprehensive Acoustic Training (a combination of hardware/techniques and analysis).  Below I describe the 3 types of trainings.

There are basically 2 recording formats used to record/analyze 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 these courses. 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 the analysis component of these trainings.

 

TECHNIQUES – HARDWARE, SITE SELECTION and SPECIES IDENTIFICATION

From this ~ 3.5 day 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, with several nights of field recording. Your will learn how to record bats effectively. I also occasionally teach classes that just cover one hardware type (e.g., specific courses for Wildlife Acoustics or Titley products, but generally my courses include a combination of all major bat detectors, including an overview of what Pettersson offers).

You will also learn the basics for navigating major bat acoustics analysis software used to visualize and in some cases run auto-identification analysis.   All courses give you hands-on practice with KaleidoscopePro and AnalookW, and many trainings will also include Sonobat.

 

ACOUSTIC ANALYSIS COURSE

This ~2.5 day 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.

The Analysis Course usually follows immediately after the Techniques/Hardware class but can be registered for separately. This course is best geared for users who are faced with analysis of large datasets. We examine various workflow patterns, including ones that integrate auto-identification software. You will learn how to efficiently process bat recordings, straight through to pivot table production for reports. Instruction will be provided on workflow patterns that follow the recommendations of Nothern American Bat Monitoring program.  In addition to learning about how to properly use autoidentification software, you will learn to manually vet calls efficiently. Instruction will include the many advanced features in AnalookW [filters, scans, count labels tool, etc.] that make your manual vetting and 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.

 

COMPREHENSIVE ACOUSTIC TRAINING

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 through in-field practice, additional in-depth acoustic ID of species in whatever location the course is located (e.g., northwest region, northeast region, etc.).

The analysis component of this course includes practice of workflow patterns, starting with raw files, using autoidentification software, and then doing manual vetting.   The end product is quick and easy pivot-tables and histogram creation in Excel for reporting.

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 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.

 

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.

Course location: Lillooet, B.C. where a large range of habitats in a small area make for an ideal environment to learn how to capture bats with mistnets and harp traps. Twelve species of bats are in the area, including spotted bats which are regularly captured.

This course was offered in 2017 and will be offered again in 2019.

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

4-8 June 2018 – Edmonton Comprehensive Acoustic Training, NAIT Campus, AB.   Course details and registration information can be found here

 


COMPLETED WORKSHOPS:

2018

  • 7-11 May 2018 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Comprehensive Acoustic Training

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