Wildlife Acoustics Blog

We're giving $5,000 back to bats!

We're giving $5,000 back to bats!

Thanks to you, we are donating $5,000 to bat conservation.

In late 2017, the release of iOS 11 caused first generation Echo Meter Touch modules to suddenly stop working (Echo Meter Touch 2 and Echo Meter Touch 2 Pro were unaffected by the update). While Apple assured us they were working on a solution, we also came up with a firmware fix so that our customers could get right back to recording bats as soon as possible. This meant, however, that some owners of the first generation Echo Meter Touch had to send their modules back to us or to one of our service centers.

We decided to create an incentive for customers to send back their modules by pledging to donate $10 USD for every Echo Meter Touch returned before January 31, 2018.  

We are happy to announce that not only has Apple fixed the issue*, but over 450 units were sent for repair, meaning that we will be donating $5,000 to bat conservation causes.

As promised, we’re splitting the donation between two great bat conservation organizations-- Bat Conservation International and Bat Conservation Trust. We’re sure that they will put it to good use, and we encourage you to learn more about the organizations and what they do for bats!

*If you have a first generation Echo Meter Touch (black model), you no longer need to send in your device for repair. Simply update your Apple device it to the latest version of iOS (versions 11.2 and higher are compatible). 

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation Bat Conservation International Bat Conservation Trust Wildlife Habitat Counsil