Natural resource professionals monitoring wild bat populations or interpreting acoustic monitoring data coming in from the field.
Summary and Objectives:
This course will cover the basics of how to properly evaluate acoustic data and reports from wild bat surveys. Participants will get hands-on experience interpreting acoustic bat data and critically evaluating reports received for federal and/or state regulatory review. Field exercises also will provide hands-on experience with proper calibration and set-up of acoustic detectors in the field, data collection and analysis, species identification, and reporting.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- follow the Range-wide Indiana and Northern Long-eared Bat Summer Survey Guidelines for estimating presence/absence of bats.
- evaluate critically bat acoustic surveys and reports for scientific integrity and compliance.
- describe the advantages and disadvantages of sampling bats using acoustics.
- properly set up and utilize bat detectors to maximize detectability.
- process and analyze acoustic data.
Research- Basic, Wildlife Biology- Awareness, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Management Techniques- Basic