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.
ERM Bat Acoustics Training Course
ERM bat biologists are collaborating with Wildlife Acoustics, producers of the SM4BAT, SM3BAT, the Echo Meter Touch, and developers of Kaleidoscope Pro software, to offer training courses in conducting bat acoustic surveys and identifying bats from their calls. Experienced and new bat biologists are welcome to take advantage of this convenient training opportunity.
Upcoming Courses: TBD
Please contact Kathleen.OConnor@erm.com
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
The USFWS's 2017 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.
IMPORTANT! Preparations Before You Attend the Course:
Please visit Wildlife Acoustics' website and 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.
Also, while on Wildlife Acoustics' website, you may want to review some of their Kaleidoscope Pro tutorial videos
About the Course Instructors
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 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 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.
Paul Howden-Leach Kaleidoscope Pro Training Course
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.
Register for and attend either workshop, and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a Kaleidoscope license – a $1,499 (USD) value.
Upcoming Courses: TBD
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.