Cori Lausen Comprehensive Bat Acoustics Course
Upcoming Courses: TBD
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 of all North American species, with hands-on practice recording and identifying northwestern species.
This course will provide a foundation for those participating in the North American Bat Monitoring Program, conducting environmental assessments, monitoring at wind energy developments and more. There will be an overview of of all major types of bat detectors with focus on Wildlife Acoustics products. On several nights (weather dependent) 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 file management, and using Kaleidoscope Pro to efficiently identify files to species and species-groups, ending with quick and easy pivot-tables and histogram creation in Excel for reporting.
General Schedule: TENTATIVE
Day 1 - Introduction to ultrasound, bat acoustics, and bat detectors. Classroom instruction from 9:00 am - ~7 pm. Breaks for lunch (on your own) and supper (provided). Evening recording in the field: active recording of bats starts at ~8:00 pm and will continue for ~2 hours (weather dependent).
Day 2 - "Ecology of Echolocation" -- clutter continuum in a species-specific context. Introduction to species identification. Understanding bat detectors - passive units, driving transects and specifics of active units for hands-on in field. Classroom instruction 9:00 am - ~7:00 pm. Breaks for lunch and supper. Evening recording in field: active recording of bats starts at ~8:00 pm and will continue for ~2 hours (weather dependent).
Day 3 - Detailed species identification, with hands-on practice. Introduction to software with focus on Kaleidoscope Pro. Intro to site selection, study design. Classroom instruction 10:00 am - ~6:00 pm. Breaks for lunch and supper.
Day 4 - Completion of species identification, site selection and study design. Hands-on practice with analysis of files and species identification. 9:00 am 9:00 pm classroom (with option to deploy passive detectors over supper break. Breaks for lunch (on your own) and supper (provided).
Day 5 - Advanced analysis and workflow. Hands-on practice. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm classroom.
Downloads For The Course:
Software downloads will be required. You will ideally have a PC-based laptop to bring to class. Not all software will run on MAC. You will need to install some programs ahead of time. You will need Excel.
If you are bringing any of the iOS devices listed below, download the free Echo Meter Touch app onto your device to field-trial this device at the course.
An email will go out ahead of the class, but the following is a list to get started:
- Kaleidoscope Pro can be found on the Wildlife Acoustics website. Note that you will be issued a Kaleidoscope license at the class which will unlock the autoID component of this software.
- All Wildlife Acoustics configuration utilities used to program their detectors can be found on their website at http://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/support/download-software. Scroll to the bottom of the Download Page and download the utility that you will need for the model of detector you will use (if applicable).
- Optional: Card reader (SD and CF cards) there will be a few readers available to borrow
Acoustic Detector Equipment:
Course participants are encouraged to bring their own detectors to the class for hands on practice, and programming of their own field units. There will also be some classroom units available. In-class instruction of Echo Meter Touch 2 will enable active monitoring on field evenings. Classroom overview will include: SM3BAT, SM4BAT and Echo Meter Touch 2 PRO. If you would like to receive supplemental materials for any of these additional bat detectors, please contact Heather Gates (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the request and we will do our best to provide these materials. If you have an ipad (4th generation or Air; lightning port), ipad mini (lightning port and retina display), or iphone 5 (or newer) device, bring these as there will be some Echo Meter Touch modules available to try.
Other Equipment To Bring:
Accommodation and Meals:
Accommodation: Attendees are responsible for their own accommodations. A couple of options are the Chateau Nova Kingsway or the Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre. (Please note that parking is often a challenge, though there are some new parkades. Be advised that parking at the mall often results in parking tickets.)
Tea, Coffee, and snacks will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring their own mug.
Please contact Heather Gates at email@example.com with any allergies or special diet needs.
About Your Instructor, DR. 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, including with both US and Canada's national park systems.
Paul Howden-Leach Kaleidoscope Pro Training Course
Upcoming Courses: TBD
This one day course was designed specifically fo ecological consultants. The course introduces participants to Wildlife Acoustics analysis software, Kaleidoscope Pro, specifically its ability to analyse large data sets. The course will focus on both the free and full versions of the software and its application within the profession. The course will be led by Wildlife Acoustics' Paul Howden-Leach, an expert in Kaleidoscope Pro. All profits from the course will go to the Bat Conservation Trust.
Course Content Includes:
- Understanding bat echolocations – Physics of sound
- Principals of bat detectors, including differences in technology relating to zero crossing full spectrum, heterodyne and time expansion.
- How to use the free Kaleidoscope viewer, faile converter and noise scrubber.
- Dealing with large data sets using Kaleidoscope pro auto ID software.
- Principals of cluster analysis within Kaleidoscope and its applications.
- Exporting the results.
This will be a classroom based course, however equipment will be used to demonstrate key concepts.
Prior Knowledge: A basic understanding of bat identification is recommended although not essential.
Equipment: All participants must bring a laptop with Kaleidoscope Pro installed. A training licence key will be given out on the course to activate the full version of the licence for a two week period. Participants can bring examples of their own data; however this is not essential as data will be provided.
£5 for BCT members.
A 10% discount is available for bookings of three or more places. This can be multiple places on the same course or booking three or more separate courses. Multiple places must be booked at the same time to receive the discount. To take advantage of this discount you will need to book three or more courses/places through our online booking system, at the payment page select "pay by invoice". Please then contact the training team so that your discount can be applied.