Wildlife Acoustics News

Article: How a Deadly Flesh-Eating Fungus Helped Make Bats Cute Again

A silver lining to the worldwide epidemic of white nose syndrome: People like bats more now

Let's face it: Bats have an image problem. Since the time of Bram Stoker's Dracula, these stealthy shadows have been tied up with images of the dark and demonic, of vampiric seduction, of blood-sucking and essence-drinking. They've been villified as vectors for rabies and Ebola, deemed nighttime nuisances, and even inspired the very specific fear of one flying into your hair and getting stuck. "It's hard to come across a bat in a non-terrifying situation," says Amanda Bevan, urban bat project leader at the nonprofit Organization for Bat Conservation.

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The ultimate Android accessory for bats launches in time for National Bat Week

Wildlife Acoustics introduces Android versions of its Echo Meter Touch 2 bat detectors

BOSTON, MASS (October 23, 2017) – The most powerful and convenient phone and tablet based bat detectors are coming for Android devices. The Echo Meter Touch 2 and Echo Meter Touch 2 Pro plug-in modules allow users to listen to, record, and identify a wide variety of bats by their ultrasonic echolocation calls. The modules can be pre-ordered beginning the first day of National Bat Week, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at www.wildlifeacoustics.com.

Bloomberg Businessweek "This Is What Climate Change Sounds Like"

Wildlife Acoustics helps ecologists track vanishing critters. Now it's enabling hobbyists to hear the ones that are left.

One of the best instruments scientists can use to map climate change is roughly the size of a thumb—and adorable. The humble tree frog (genus Hyla) has proliferated from Florida to Alaska, yet it's a delicate critter. Its disappearance from a habitat is an early warning that the place is becoming deforested, drier, or simply hotter. But tree frogs tend to hide from people tramping through the woods, and many possess camouflage, making them tough to spot. They're a lot easier to hear.

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Bloomberg Businessweek Video "This Bat Locator App Will Make You a Citizen Scientist" "

"Echo Meter Touch 2 modules available for pre-order"

BOSTON, MASS (May 4, 2017) – The new Echo Meter Touch 2 and Echo Meter Touch 2 Pro plug-in modules, for iPhone and iPad, allow users to listen to, record, and identify a wide variety of bats by their ultrasonic echolocation calls. Previously only possible through the use of expensive scientific equipment, Echo Meter Touch gives outdoor enthusiasts, citizen scientists, and researchers an affordable and informative way to interact with these important creatures.

The modules are available for pre-order at www.wildlifeacoustics.com and will ship to customers in early June.

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

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