Available Product Training Courses

ERM Bat Acoustics Training and Analysis Course

Kaleidoscope Software

Wildlife Acoustics and the bat biologists at ERM are collaborating to offer training courses in how to conduct bat acoustic surveys and identify bats from their calls. Experienced and new bat biologists are welcome to take advantage of this convenient training opportunity.

Date:

April 17-19, 2017

Cost:

$1,350.00
Includes 3 days of attention‐gripping instruction, including field trips and evening "extra help" sessions, a temporary Kaleidoscope Pro license, course handouts, lunch on Day 2 and 3, and break refreshments. All lodging, other meals, and transportation are the attendees' responsibility.

Location:

Ijams Nature Center
Miller Room
2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920

The nearest airport is Tyson International Airport, (25 min drive).
Free Parking is available at the Nature Center.

Instructors:
Registration and Questions:

Please e‐mail Michael Fishman at ERM: Michael.fishman@erm.com

IMPORTANT! Preparations Before You Attend the Course:
  • Download the free 15‐day trial version of Kaleidoscope Pro to your laptop (and bring your laptop to the course). We will have call files for you to process and identify.
  • Review Kaleidoscope Pro tutorial videos.

Travel and Accommodations

Reservations:

Visit Holiday Inn World's Fair Park for reservations and enter the 3‐digit code BAW for the discount. Reserve by phone: 865‐522‐2800.

  • $109.00 plus applicable tax for single/double occupancy
  • Room with Breakfast Rate of $119.00/$129.00 plus tax single/double occupancy
  • Government Rates are by availability: $94.00

The Hotel has a free shuttle to and from the Nature Center. There are a variety of hotels in Knoxville if attendees wish to stay elsewhere.

Additional Options for Hotels:

(No Shuttle Service to Nature Center)

Motel 6 Knoxville North
$31.00 per night
15 minute drive from Nature Center
5640 Merchant Center Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37912

Americas Best Value Inn and Suites Knoxville North
$48.00 per night
15 minute drive from Nature Center
300 Merchants Drive, Knoxville, TN 37912

Days Inn North Knoxville
$68.00 per night
15 minute drive from Nature Center
5335 Central Avenue Pike, Knoxville, TN 37912

Best Western Knoxville Suites
$80.00 per night
15 minute drive from Nature Center
5317 Pratt Rd, Knoxville, TN 37912

Course Description

The course will help you:

  • Select productive sampling sites and set up bat detectors in the field
  • Download data from bat detectors and manage large volumes of data
  • Use Kaleidoscope Pro Software to process call files for auto‐classification
  • Consistently manually vet bat call files to classify species
  • Learn the metrics needed to identify Myotis species

The USFWS's 2016 Range‐Wide Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidelines state, "acoustic surveyors should have completed one or more of the available bat acoustic courses/workshops, or be able to show similar on‐the‐job or academic experience". Taking a course is the fastest way to expand your experience with bat acoustic surveys and manual classification of bat calls. ERM's and Wildlife Acoustics' Bat Acoustic Training Course will demonstrate the necessary skills, knowledge, and proficiencies you need to master before you can reliably conduct bat acoustic surveys.

Questions?

Michael and his team stand ready to answer any other questions you might have about the course, such as downloads and other pre-course preparation.
Contact Michael via email at michael.fishman@erm.com

About the Course Instructors

Michael Fishman

Michael Fishman is a Certified Wildlife Biologist®, Qualified Bat Surveyor, and Professional Wetland Scientist, and serves as the Biological Field Services Director for ERM. He has been working with bats almost 30 years. Michael's bat survey experience includes habitat assessments, hibernacula censuses, acoustic surveys, mist net and harp trap surveys, radio-telemetry, and original research on bat roost selection. He regularly lectures on bat-related topics throughout the Northeast.

Katie O'Connor

Katie O'Connor has seven years of bat research work. She is a federally permitted bat biologist and has worked on almost every type of bat survey technique, including acoustic surveys, winter hibernacula surveys, mist netting, harp trapping, banding, radio-tracking, wing tissue sampling, and identifying dead bat carcasses. Katie has years of hands-on work with a variety of active and passive acoustic recorders and detectors, and is proficient in all the candidate and approved acoustic analysis software programs. In her time at ERM, she's managed and coordinated the acoustic surveys on several large projects, including oversight and review of acoustic data management of a major multi-year project (over 1,000 acoustic sites).

Prescott Weldon

Prescott Weldon is a Lead Bat Biologist and works out of Bristol, Virginia. He has been working in the natural resources field for over ten years and specializes in performing threatened and endangered species biological field surveys. Prescott began working with bats in 2009 and has worked on a variety of projects ranging from small construction to large pipeline and mining operations. He is knowledgeable of federal and state bat survey regulations. Mr. Weldon is experienced with the deployment and operation of acoustic monitors and is skilled in the use of software to analyze data.

About Environmental Resources Management

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting surveys and sustainability-related services. With more than 160 offices in 40 countries and territories, and more than 4,500 staff members. ERM has worked over 40 years to help clients navigate and manage the sustainability challenges that the world increasingly faces.

ERM's Biological Field Services (BFS) Group focuses on providing field surveys for protected plant and wildlife species as well as identification and delineation of wetlands and protected habitats. The BFS Group's protected species team includes the Bat Squad, a dedicated group of Qualified Bat Biologists spanning several countries, providing extensive experience in bat presence/probable absence surveys, habitat surveys, monitoring, and management.

FULL Cori Lausen Bat Acoustics Training and Analysis Course

The Wildlife Acoustics Bat Acoustics Training and Analysis Course covers the principles of bat echolocation an equipment overview and deployment tips, hands-on experience with Wildlife Acoustics detectors and discussion about the various software components for configuration and analysis.

Echo Meter Touch
Dates and Locations:

April 5 to April 7, 2017 FULL
Arizona Game & Fish Office
Phoenix, AZ, USA

May 18 to May 20, 2017 FULL
Wildlife Acoustics Headquarters
Maynard, MA, USA

Cost:

Free of Charge

Register:

These courses are currently full.
To be placed on the waiting list, send an email to:
Please put the word "Training" and course location in your subject line.
In the text of the email, please include:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Physical Address
  • Email

Course Description

Cori Lausen

The course covers the principles of bat echolocation and includes hands-on experience with the Echo Meter Touch, along with discussion about the various software components for configuration and analysis.

Topics include:

  • Understanding bat echolocation – properties of sound, effects of clutter, etc.
  • Principles of bat detector technology, including zero-cross vs full spectrum
  • Basics of bat species identification – pulse shapes and terminology
  • Principles of passive and active monitoring
  • Critical knowledge for appropriate site selection and detector deployments (varying deployments appropriately for the microphone, and detector settings)
  • How to do active monitoring with the Echo Meter Touch (for practice in field)
  • Species identification of all North American bats with in-depth focus on regional species
  • Hands-on practice recording bats and analyzing calls -- Zero-crossing and Full Spectrum
  • Analysis of calls – auto-identification software Kaleidoscope Pro with some additional instruction in Analook (freeware)

Schedule:

Day 1: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm with a field night starting at sunset (~7pm).

Day 2: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm with an optional second field night starting at sunset (~ 7pm).

Day 3: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

About Your Instructor, DR. Cori Lausen

Cori Lausen Cori Lausen

Dr. Cori Lausen, bat biologist, received her PhD in bat ecology in 2007 from the University of Calgary in Alberta. Prior to graduate studies, Cori taught high school sciences. She now works as a research scientist and bat specialist with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. Her research interests have largely focused on winter bat ecology and hibernation. She has taught bat acoustics courses since 2008, and was instrumental in the development of the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat). She has helped to implement NABat acoustic monitoring across Canada, including with both US and Canada's national park systems.

Required Equipment

Attendees must bring their own laptop, ideally running a Windows environment, earbuds/earphones, headlamp. Attendees are encouraged to bring a compatible iPad or iPhone for use with an Echo Meter Touch module. Although there will not be specific instruction on passive bat detectors, attendees may bring these types of bat detectors for practice deploying and recording on field nights.

Attendees must bring their own laptop, ideally running a Windows environment, earbuds/earphones, headlamp. Attendees are encouraged to bring a compatible ipad or iphone for use with an Echo Meter Touch module. Although there will not be specific instruction on passive bat detectors, attendees may bring these types of bat detectors for practice deploying and recording on field nights.

It's suggested that you view the Song Meter SM4BAT, Echo Meter Touch and Kaleidoscope Pro tutorial videos prior to the course.

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